Romeo and Juliet Study Guide Questions ACT 4 and 5

Romeo and Juliet Study Guide Questions ACT 4 and 5

 Act IV

  1. LITERARY TERMS: Be able to define each term and apply each term to the play.

protagonist: ____________________________________________________________________________

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antagonist: ____________________________________________________________________________

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  1. QUESTIONS: answer the following questions.

Scene 1:

  1. Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Paris to Juliet?
  2. How does Paris explain the sudden haste of the marriage plans?
  3. What is ironic about the conversation between Juliet and Paris?
  4. If Friar Laurence cannot help her, what does Juliet threaten to do?
  5. Why does Friar Laurence think that Juliet will accept his plan?
  6. Describe the friar’s plan for Juliet.

Scene 2:

  1. What does Juliet say that makes her father happy?
  2. How does Capulet change the wedding plans? What implication does this have?

Scene 3:

  1. How does Juliet show her maturity and independence in this scene?
  2. If the potion does not work, what will Juliet do?
  3. What are some of the fears Juliet has about the potion?

Scene 4:

  1. What is happening in this brief scene?

Scene 5:

  1. Describe the imagery Shakespeare uses in describing Juliet’s “death”?
  2. What does Friar Laurence say to comfort the Capulet family?
  3. What even are the Capulets now preparing for?

Act V

  1. LITERARY TERMS: Be able to define each term and apply each term to the play.

motivation: ____________________________________________________________________________

theme: ____________________________________________________________________________

Example: __________________________________________________________________

  1. QUESTIONS: answer the following questions.

Scene 1:

  1. What news does Balthasar bring Romeo?
  2. What does Romeo mean when he says, “Then I defy you, stars!”?
  3. What actions does Balthasar’s news prompt Romeo to do?

Scene 2:

  1. What does Friar John tell Friar Laurence?
  2. After hearing this news from Friar John, what does Friar Laurence intend to do?

Scene 3:

  1. Why is Paris at Juliet’s tomb?
  2. Romeo gives Balthasar two reasons for entering the Capulet’s tomb. What are those two reasons?
  3. Why does Paris think that Romeo has come to the tomb?
  4. What is it about Juliet that should have told Romeo that she was not dead?
  5. Why doesn’t Friar Laurence stay in the tomb with Juliet after she awakens?
  6. Why does Juliet kiss Romeo after he is dead?
  7. When Montague first arrives on the scene, what does he tell those gathered?
  8. Relate the events that lead to Romeo and Juliet’s death as they are told by Friar Laurence near the play’s end.
  9. What information does Romeo’s letter give?
  10. How do Montague and Capulet plan to honor the memories of their children?

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