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Name: _________________ Period: ___ Romeo and Juliet : Complete Study Guide Featuring: Notes on the Elizabethan Theater……………..p. 1-2 Literary Terms and Factoids…..………….……p. 3-4 Act I Study Guide………………………………p.5-9 Act II Study Guide……………………………..p. 10-13 Act III Study Guide………...………………..…p. 14-17 Acts IV-V Study Guides……...………………..p. 18-22 Who’s Who? …………………………………...p. 23 Timeline ………………………………………..p. 24 DON’T LOSE THIS PACKET! 0
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Notes on the Elizabethan Theater and ShakespeareHow much do you already know? (True or False)1.The Elizabethans were superstitious and believed the future of a person’s life was determined by the placement of the stars at that person’s birth.2.Before coming to London, Shakespeare married an older woman who was already pregnant.3.William Shakespeare attended Oxford University where he spent years perfecting his writing.4.Shakespeare wrote over 150 sonnets and 38 plays.5.When Romeo and Juliet was first performed in 1595, Juliet was played by a young boy. 6.Shakespeare’s plays came straight from his imagination.7.Shakespeare’s theater, The Globe, burned down in 1613 and was not open again until 1997.Elizabethan Times: Beliefs about the UniverseBiographical Information on The Bard, William ShakespeareWhen and where was William Shakespeare born?Who did he marry? What’s unique about their marriage?How old was he when he wrote his first play?What inspired the themes found in many of his plays? Shakespeare wrote _________ plays and _______ poems in his lifetime.Shakespeare died in _____. About Shakespeare’s Plays All of Shakespeare’s plays fall into one three categories: 1. 2. 3. 1
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About Romeo and Juliet Circle one: This play is a Tragedy Comedy History What will happen to the main characters? What is the format of a Shakespearean Tragedy? Attending Shakespeare’s Plays Where would people see Shakespeare’s plays?Who were “groundlings”?At what time of day were plays performed?Were women allowed to act in the theater?Did the plays have elaborate props or scenery? What happened to The Globe in 1613?o1993-1997? ACT ONE ACT TWO ACT THREE ACT FOUR ACT FIVE 2
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Romeo and Juliet : Literary Terms and Other Factoids Allusion - A brief reference to something outside of the text, such as a person, event, or place (real or fictitious) or work of art. Aside - Words spoken by a character in an undertone, not intended to be heard by other characters on stage. This lets the audience know what a character is really thinking or feeling. Blank Verse - Unrhymed Iambic Pentameter. Basically, the lines are unrhymed and 10 syllables long. They have alternating stresses: U / U / U / U / U / 10 syllables, 5 “feet” But soft . What light through yon der win dow breaks ? Couplet - When Shakespeare rhymes, it’s usually in couplets, two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme. Example from Juliet: Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
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