1. When Romeo sees Juliet at a window, what types of imagery does he use to
newfound love (1-32)?
2. In Act I, Juliet expressed reluctance at the prospect of marriage. However, by the end of
scene 2, she broaches the topic with Romeo (143-148). What aspects of Romeo's dialogue
function most effectively in winning Juliet's heart?
3. Friar Lawrence is skeptical of Romeo's feelings towards Juliet, saying that Romeo does not
recognize the difference between doting and loving. How does the relationship between
Romeo and Juliet differ from Romeo's relationship with Rosaline?
4. Benvolio and Mercutio discuss Tybalt's abilities as a duelist at the start of scene 4, and
Benvolio concludes that Romeo will answer Tybalt's challenge to a duel. At this point in
the play, do you think a duel between the two characters is likely? Why or why not?
5. In the last scene, Juliet is eager to learn of news from Romeo about their upcoming marriage. However, the Nurse seems reluctant to share the news. Why? What effect does her
reluctance and talkativeness have on the audience?
6. As Act II ends, Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Lawrence exit to perform a secret wedding. What
are their reasons for keeping the marriage secret? Is this a good decision? Why or why not?