Romeo and Juliet Act I Discussion Questions

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Act I: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Discussion Questions
1. What starts the fight during scene 1?

2. How is Benvolio’s reaction to the fight different from Tybalt’s? What does that tell us about their personalities?

3. How do Lady Capulet and Lady Montague react when their husbands want to join the fight?

4. What is the Prince Escalus’ ultimatum (if you do this again, …)?

5. What is Romeo’s problem? How does Benvolio plan to solve it?

6. What evidence do we have the Capulet is a good father to Juliet?

7. What is the purpose of the feast?

8. Why does Romeo attend the feast even though he is a Montague and expressly uninvited?

9. What foreshadowing (hinting about the future) does Romeo provide in scene iv?

10. How does Romeo feel when he learns that Juliet is a Capulet?

11. What obstacles already exist in Act I that threaten Romeo and Juliet’s relationship?

12. How does Romeo change over the course of Act I?

Act I: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Discussion Questions
1. What starts the fight during scene 1?

2. How is Benvolio’s reaction to the fight different from Tybalt’s? What does that tell us about their personalities?

3. How do Lady Capulet and Lady Montague react when their husbands want to join the fight?

4. What is the Prince Escalus’ ultimatum (if you do this again, …)?

5. What is Romeo’s problem? How does Benvolio plan to solve it?

6. What evidence do we have the Capulet is a good father to Juliet?

7. What is the purpose of the feast?

8. Why does Romeo attend the feast even though he is a Montague and expressly uninvited?

9. What foreshadowing (hinting about the future) does Romeo provide in scene iv?

10. How does Romeo feel when he learns that Juliet is a Capulet?

11. What obstacles already exist in Act I that threaten Romeo and Juliet’s relationship?

12. How does Romeo change over the course of Act I?
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