Romeo & Juliet: Act II SQ
1. Romeo claims in the opening lines of the scene that he is a “dull earth.” What does he mean by this proclamation?
2. What false assumption does Mercutio make when he teases Romeo about love?
3. Benvolio comments, “Blind is his love and best befits the dark.” What is the intended joke?
4. Scene ii opens with the famous balcony scene – one of the most famous scenes in all of Shakespeare’s plays. Explain Romeo’s extended metaphor in the lines he speaks to Juliet.
5. What is Juliet’s larger point in her “Tis but thy name” speech? Why is she making the comparison?
6. Why are Juliet’s fears of valid concern?
7. Explain the role that darkness plays in helping Romeo and Juliet learn of their love for each other?
8. In lines, “Three words…” what is Juliet asking for? What is she offering?
9. Why is “parting such sweet sorrow”? What does the oxymoron mean?
10. What is the setting of scene iii? Who is Friar Lawrence?
11. Why is Friar Lawrence concerned about Romeo?
12. In the speech where Friar Lawrence begins, “Holy St. Francis!”, why is the Friar scolding Romeo?
13. What does Friar Lawrence mean when he says, “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast”?
14. How is the rowdy behavior of the young Montagues typical of a group of teenaged friends?
15. The long exchange between Romeo and Mercutio in lines is one long battle of wits – what is the overall meaning of the word play/puns?
16. How is Romeo making fun of the Nurse in lines
17. What is the Nurse’s point of view in lines “Now, afore God…”
Scenes v and vi
18. When scene v opens, what is Juliet’s state of mind?
19. Is Juliet’s treatment of the Nurse justified? What do you think about her words and her behavior?
20. In the opening of scene vi, why do you think Shakespeare has his characters discuss sorrow and death just before a joyful event like a wedding?
21. What do Romeo and Juliet’s actions and words reveal about the feeling for each other?
22. Juliet is thirteen years old and Romeo not much older. In what way is their love typical of adolescence, and in what way is it not?