Romeo and Juliet Questions Act 1

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ROMEO AND JULIET: Act I Reading and Study Guide

I. VOCABULARY:

Adversary Opponent; Enemy
Nuptial Wedding

II. LITERARY TERMS:

Aside Words spoken by a character in a play, usually in an undertone and not intended.

Example Act 1, scene 5, line 54

Blank verse Unrhymed iambic pentameter.

Characterization The personality a character displays; also, the means by which the author reveals that personality.

Conflict A struggle (between two opposing forces or characters).

External: 1. Capulet’s vs. Montague’s 2. Benvolio vs. Tybalt 3. Capulet followers vs. Montague followers Internal: 4. Romeo vs. Romeo

Example Act 1, scene 1, lines 67-72

Couplet two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme.

Epithet a descriptive adjective or phrase used to characterize someone or something.

Figurative language language that is not intended to be interpreted in a literal sense.

Example Act 1, scene 5, lines 44-53

Example Act 1, scene 4, lines 27-28
Foreshadowing the use of hints or clues in a narrative to suggest what action is to come.

Example Act 1, scene 4, lines 106-113

Iambic meter unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.

Iambic pentameter five verse feet with each foot an iamb (a total of ten syllables).

Metaphor comparison between two unlike things with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them.

Example Act 1, scene 5, line 44:

Simile a comparison made between two dissimilar things through the use of a specific word of comparison such as like and as.
Example Act 1, scene 5, lines 45-46

III. Questions:

Prologue:
1. The play takes place...
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