Romeo and Juliet



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Romeo and Juliet Short Answer-Essay Question/Writing Assignments Prompts-Use with the Short Answer-Essay Question/Writing Assignments Scoring Guide.
Act I

  1. In the Prologue, Shakespeare calls Romeo and Juliet “star-crossed lovers.” Discuss and explain how the actions in the play exemplify this.




  1. Romeo is portrayed as fickle. Explain how this is shown in the play.




  1. Compare and contrast Benvolio and Tybalt. Use details and/or examples from the play in your answer.




  1. Romeo and Benvolio discuss love as an oxymoron. How can this be? Discuss using details and/or examples from the play.




  1. Discuss the dreams and people Queen Mab gives people according to Mercutio.




  1. Discuss and explain the figurative language Romeo and Juliet use during the ball scene.

Act II



  1. Juliet, even though young and innocent, is quite practical and reasonable. Discuss and explain examples of this in Acts I and II.




  1. Act II is filled with dramatic irony. Discuss and explain examples of this in this act.




  1. Discuss Friar Laurence’s comparison of people and plants. Use details and/or examples from the play.




  1. Why does it take the Nurse so long to tell Juliet Romeo’s answer? Explain using details and/or examples from the play.




  1. Foreshadowing is prominent in the play. Discuss and explain examples of foreshadowing in Acts I and II.

Act III



  1. In Act I, Lord Capulet states to Paris that he wants Juliet to marry for love. Explain how his feelings toward this have changed in this act.




  1. Mercutio is mercurial in his behavior-hence his name. Discuss and explain how this is shown in this act and previous acts.




  1. After Romeo kills Tybalt, he states, “I am fortune’s fool!” Explain how this is shown in the play.




  1. Benvolio is portrayed as trustworthy. Explain how this is shown in this act and in previous acts.




  1. Juliet goes through many emotions when the Nurse tells her about Tybalt’s death. Discuss and explain these emotions using details and/or examples from the play.




  1. Friar Laurence uses many arguments to convince Romeo that banishment is not death. Explain and discuss whether these arguments are effective using details and/or examples from Scene 3.




  1. Shakespeare uses foreshadowing heavily in this act. Discuss and explain using examples in this act.




  1. Juliet does a lot of double talk to her mother, father, and Nurse in Scene 5. Explain and discuss her true meanings.

Act IV



  1. Juliet says she is willing to do anything rather than marry Paris. Discuss and explain why the options she states are so dangerous.




  1. Is Friar Laurence’s plan going to be effective? Argue your thoughts using details and/or examples from the play to support your answer.




  1. Juliet again uses double talk in this act. Discuss and explain her true meanings.




  1. Throughout the play, the Nurse is portrayed as being very fond of Juliet. Use details and/or examples from the play to explain how this portrayal is true.

Act V



  1. Shakespeare again uses a lot of foreshadowing in this act. Discuss and explain examples in this act.




  1. Paris is portrayed as a decent man throughout the plan. Explain how this portrayal is true using details and examples from the play.




  1. Dramatic irony is prominent again in this act. Discuss and explain using details and/or examples from this act.




  1. The inquiry the Prince holds at the Capulets’ tomb is the resolution of the mystery of the dead bodies of Romeo, Juliet, and Paris. Explain and discuss how all the pieces of the puzzle come together in this scene.




  1. The Prince closes the play with the phrase, “Some shall be pardoned and some punished.” Discuss and explain using details from the play.




  1. “Love Conquers All” is a theme expressed in Romeo and Juliet. Argue whether you think this is true using details and/or examples from the play to support you answer.


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