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2 multiple choice questions, must be accurate for credit. Read the passage.

2 multiple choice questions, must be accurate for credit.

Read the passage.

excerpt from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

In Romeo and Juliet, two young lovers from feuding families fall in love, secretly marry, and tragically die for their love. Before their wedding night, Romeo is forced to duel with Juliet's cousin, Tybalt. Romeo kills Tybalt and is, in turn, banished from the city. He returns to Juliet for their wedding night before leaving. In this excerpt, it is the next morning and Romeo must leave Juliet. He does not know when he will see her again.


How does Shakespeare create tension in this scene?

  • Juliet seems so innocent of the danger that she makes the audience feel the danger on her behalf.
  • The comic relief of the Nurse's entrance is so short-lived that it puts the audience on edge when she exits.
  • Romeo's statement that in staying to speak to Juliet he is risking his life, leads the audience to worry about his safety.
  • The physical placement of the scene on the balcony makes the lovers' position look dangerous.



Read these lines, which show Romeo and Juliet about to part:

Romeo: Farewell!

    I will omit no opportunity

    That may convey my greetings, love, to thee.

Juliet: O, think'st thou we shall ever meet again?

Romeo: I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve

    For sweet discourses in our time to come.

What effect do these lines have on this scene?

  • They make a sense of tragedy, by foreshadowing that Romeo's prediction will come true.
  • They make a mood of romance, by foreshadowing that in spite of everything, Romeo and Juliet will always be true to each other.
  • They make an effect of encouragement, by foreshadowing that Romeo's cheerfulness will be justified by later events.
  • They create tension, by foreshadowing that Juliet's fears are realistic and Romeo's hopes are not.

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