P-In what city does this play take place?
P-Why are Romeo and Juliet called “star-cross’d lovers”?
They are star-crossed because even though Romeo and Juliet are not supposed to be together because they come from different houses, that have feuded for some time, fate has decided to bring them together. Romeo is compared to the moon and Juliet to the sun. Therefore, since the sun and moon cannot be seen at the same time (even though in reality they can) their love can never exist on earth.
S1-Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene?
The Montague and Capulet servingmen.
S1-Who tries to break up the fighting?
S1-What threat does the Prince make to Lord Montague and Lord Capulet?
The Prince states that if anyone starts fighting, they will all be killed.
S1-Benvolio and Montague describe the way Romeo has been acting. What do they have to say about him?
Lord Montague does not know why Romeo has been acting very depressed, isolated, and secretive and wants to be alone. Benvolio says he will talk to him to find out why.
S1-Why is Romeo so sad? Explain.
Romeo wants to be with Rosaline, however, she has chosen to stay chaste.
S1-What is Benvolio’s advice to Romeo?
Benvolio tells Romeo to forget about her and turn his mind to other girls.
S2-Why does Capulet think it will be easy for Montague and him to keep the peace?
The belief is that it will be easy to keep the peace because the men are both old and wise.
S2-What does Paris ask about Capulet?
Paris asks to marry Juliet.
S2-What is Capulet’s first answer?
No. Capulet wants to wait for two more years for Juliet to be older. He wants Paris to woo and court her.
S2-A bit later Capulet appears to change his mind about Paris’ question. What does he then tell Paris?
Capulet tells Paris if Juliet likes him Paris can marry her.
S2-What problem does the servant have?
He cannot read.
S2-What is the name of the woman Romeo Loves?
S2-What do Romeo and Benvolio decide to do?
Go to the masquerade ball at the Capulet house.
S3-How old is Juliet?
Juliet is 13, almost 14.
S3-When Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about marriage, what is Juliet’s answer?
Juliet said she has not thought about marriage.
S3-Following Juliet’s answer, what does Lady Capulet then tell Juliet?
Lady Capulet told Juliet she should at least consider marriage and meet Paris.
S4-According to Mercutio, who or what is Queen Mab, and what does she or it do?
Queen Mab is dream-giving midwife of fairies. A mythological creature who brings dreams to men and women (like the sandman). Ex. Lawyer dreams of fees; soldier dreams war. The dreams are appropriate to each person, the dreams are of something a person obsesses over.
S4-What does Mercutio say about dreams?
Mercutio says dreams are not indicative of real life.
S4-What is Romeo’s mood at the end of this scene? Explain.
Romeo is apprehensive because he believes he will die as a result of the night’s events, yet he is accepting and believes he is in fate’s hands.
S5-What does Romeo think of Juliet the first time he sees her?
Romeo feels instant love when looking at Juliet.
S5-How does Tybalt recognize Romeo?
He recognizes Romeo’s voice.
S5-When Tybalt is ready to seize Romeo and throw him out of the party, what does Capulet say to Tybalt?
Calm down, and let Romeo stay. If they were to fight, they would be banished from Verona.
S5-Explain what the conversation is between Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet flirt, and Juliet plays hard to get. They talk about kissing and love.
S5-How does Romeo find out Juliet’s last name?
Romeo asks the nurse for Juliet’s name.
S5-How does Juliet find out Romeo’s last name?
Juliet finds out Romeo’s name from the nurse.