9. Where does Friar Laurence think Romeo has been all night? 10. What problems does Friar Laurence see with Romeo’s new love? 11. Why has Romeo come to see the Friar? 12. What does Friar Laurence agree to do? Why? 12
Scene 4 Mercutio and Benvolio are wondering where Romeo is and reveal that Tybalt has sent a challenge to Romeo. Mercutio reveals his feelings about Romeo’s new love. The Nurse arrives and is harassed by Romeo’s friends. She eventually makes arrangements with Romeo regarding his upcoming wedding. 13. What challenge has Tybalt sent Romeo? 14. What new information about Tybalt does Mercutio provide? 15. Why is Mercutio angry with Romeo? 16. What warning does the Nurse give Romeo? 17. What arrangement do the Nurse and Romeo make? Scene 5 In this scene, Juliet is impatiently awaiting the Nurse’s arrival with news of Romeo’s intentions. The Nurse comes and gives Juliet instructions from Romeo. 18. Why does Juliet think the Nurse is taking so long? 13
19. What message does the Nurse finally give to Juliet? 20. How does Juliet’s soliloquy reveal the different perspectives of the young and the old? What figurative device is used to do this? Scene 6 Romeo and Juliet get married. The ceremony is conducted by Friar Laurence. 21. What concern does the Friar express about the relationship of Romeo and Juliet? 22. What advice does Friar Laurence give to the young couple? 14
Act III (Climax) Scene 1 Tybalt, out for revenge, tries to start a fight with Romeo but things go terribly wrong. The Prince gets involved and makes a surprising decision. 1. What does Benvolio mean when he says, “For now these hot days is the mad blood stirring”? 2. How does Tybalt try to provoke a fight with Romeo? Why? 3. Why won’t Romeo fight at first? 4. What happens to Mercutio? 5. Why does Mercutio keep repeating, “A plague o’ both your houses”? 6. Why does Romeo call himself “fortune’s fool”? 7. What is Romeo’s punishment? Why doesn’t the Prince order his execution? 15
Scene 2 Juliet is waiting for Romeo. The Nurse arrives instead and tells Juliet about Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment. Juliet is very confused about her feelings. 8. How does Juliet first react when she learns that Romeo has killed Tybalt? 9. What makes Juliet change her mind about Romeo? 10. What instructions does Juliet give the nurse? 11. Do you notice any sort of change in Juliet’s character in this scene? If so, what? Scene 3 Having taken refuge with Friar Laurence, Romeo awaits his punishment. Following Friar Laurence’s news of Romeo’s banishment, Romeo experiences a rollercoaster of emotions. 12. Describe Romeo’s reaction to the news of his banishment. 13. What argument does Friar Laurence use to prevent Romeo from killing himself? 14. What does the Nurse give Romeo? 16
15. What plans are made? Scene 4 Lord and Lady Capulet reveal mistaken beliefs about Juliet’s extreme grief, and Lord Capulet makes an unusual decision. 16. Why do Lord and Lady Capulet think Juliet is upset?
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