Act One (study guide)
ACT ONE -SCENE ONE
1, Between what two families does the feud exist?
___Capulet____________ vs. _____Montague____________
2. What decree does the Prince make after the street brawl?
The next time there was trouble the penalty for the offender would be death. 3. What advice does Benvolio give Romeo about Rosaline?
He says to forget her and find another.
ACT ONE -SCENE TWO
1. How does Capulet respond to Paris' proposal to marry Juliet? He says she is too young.
2. How do Romeo and Benvolio learn about the Capulet's ball? What do they decide to do? A servant of Lord Capulet asks for their help in reading the names on the invitation list. They decide to go to the party. ACT ONE -SCENE THREE
1. How does Juliet feel about getting married?
She has mixed feelings. She wants to be in love with the man she marries but knows her marriage will probably be arranged and she must be obedient. Also, she thinks maybe she’s too young.
2. How old is Juliet? What is Lammastide? On what date does it come? Juliet is about to turn 14. Lammastide is a celebration of the harvest and it happens on August 1st.
ACT ONE - SCENE FOUR
1. When and where does this scene take place?
Outside the Capulet house before the party.
2. Explain Romeo's speech (lines 106-113).
Romeo is saying he has a feeling that the night will start a series of events that will lead to his untimely death. (Foreshadowing) ACT ONE - SCENE FIVE
1. Where does this scene take place?
Inside the Capulet house during the party.
2. Who is Romeo talking about in lines 46-55? Explain the irony in these lines. He is talking about Juliet. The irony is that the love of Romeo and Juliet seems to burn too brightly to last in the everyday world, and Romeo’s very first speech about Juliet contains that idea. 3. Why does Tybalt become so upset, and how does Capulet respond to his rage? Tybalt is upset because a member of their enemy’s family has come to the party uninvited. Capulet does not want any trouble at the party and tells Tybalt to calm down. 4. Who said the following lines and why?
A) "is she a Capulet? 0 dear account, my life is my foe’s debt."
Romeo says this when he learns that Juliet is a member of the Capulet family, who are his family’s enemies. B) "My only love sprung from my only hate. Too early seen unknown and known too late." Juliet says this when she learns that Romeo is a Montague, an enemy to her family. 5. Find one example of each of the following literary devices used anywhere in Act One. 1. Pun – Scene 4, Lines 11 - 16| 6. Hyperbole – Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 170 - 171| 2. Alliteration – Scene 5 – Lines 45 - 50| 7. Irony – Scene 5, Lines 45 - 50| 3. Oxymoron - Scene 1, Lines 165 - 171| 8. Comic Relief – Scene 2, Lines 38-44| 4. Allusion – Scene 1, Line 126| 9. Foreshadow – Scene 4, Lines 104 - 113| 5. Metaphor – Scene 2, Lines 90 - 94| 10. Aside – Scene 5, Lines 43 - 52|
Act Two (study guide)
Explain the Prologue.
ACT TWO - SCENE ONE:
Explain the dramatic irony in this scene. The audience knows what Mercutio does not, that calling on Rosaline’s charms will no longer produce Romeo, who now loves Juliet. ACT TWO - SCENE TWO:
(This is the most famous scene in the entire play.)
1. Fill in the blanks in this paraphrase of Romeo's soliloquy (lines 1-32) Shh! What light is at the window? Juliet shines through the window like the sun rises in the east. Arise, beautiful sun (Juliet) and replace the moon who is jealous because you, her maid (Diana - Virgin moon goddess) are more fair than she. Don't be a servant since the moon is envious of you. Her innocence is sickly, and only a fool would keep it. Oh! It's Juliet! I wish she knew that I love her. She speaks. but says nothing. How strange. She speaks with her eyes. I'll answer her. No, I'd better not since she isn't aware I’m here. Two of the fairest stars in heaven have asked her eyes to twinkle...