Act I scene i
1. What can you tell about the character traits of Gregory and Sampson from their banter about what they would do if they even encountered someone from the house of Montague? Do you think they are flat or round characters?
2. From the opening dialogue, what does the audience learn about the Capulets and the Montagues?
3. Tyblat’s name comes from a word that means “bold” and Benvolio is from Latin words that mean “I wish” and “well”. Based on what you know about these characters so far, are their names appropriate? Why or why not?
4. Compare the way in which old Capulet and old Montague behave with the way their servants behaved earlier in the scene.
5. How do Lady Capulet and Lady Montague’s attitudes differ from those of their husbands? How can you tell?
6. What is the main point of Prince Esaclus’ speech in lines 72-94?
7. How does Benvolio’s speech in lines 97-105 help us see him as a dramatic foil to Tybalt?
8. What are Romeo’s “symptoms” that his father (Montague) and Benvolio are trying to understand?
9. Why is Romeo evasive (he doesn’t directly answer) with Benvolio? What is he trying to conceal?
10. Why doesn’t the woman that Romeo loves return his love?
11. In the final dialogue of scene i, how is Benvolio a dramatic foil to Romeo?
Act I scene ii
12. What can you tell about Lord Capulet’s character traits based upon his talk with Paris?
13. In lines 30-37, what is Capulet suggesting that Paris do?
14. What do Capulet’s words reveal about his attitude toward his daughter’s marriage?
15. What is the purpose of the servant’s interruption of Romeo’s dramatic description of the torments of love and the ensuing dialogue between them?
16. What do you think will happen if Romeo follows Benvolio’s suggestion and goes to Capulet’s feast?
17. What trait(s) does the Nurse show when the subject of Juliet’s age comes up?
18. Compare and contrast the Nurse’s relationship with Juliet with that of Lady Capulet’s relationship with her daughter.
19. Are Lady Capulet and the Nurse acting in Juliet’s best interest by encouraging her to marry Paris?
20. Throughout Lady Capulet’s speech in lines 85-100 she compares Romeo to a book. Identify some of the specific phrases or images she uses to make this comparison.
21. Summarize the opening lines between Romeo and Mercutio.
22. How does Mercutio act as a foil for Romeo? What is revealed about Mercutio’s personality through his conversation with Romeo?
23. A pun is a play on words where one word or phrase has a double meaning. What is the double meaning of the line, “That dreamers often lie” (55)?
24. According to Mercutio, how does Queen Mab affect people?
25. How does Romeo’s final lines in scene iv echo back to the Prologue?
26. What theme dominates Capulet’s speeches early in scene v?
27. Of whose beauty does Romeo speak in lines 50-60? How do you know?
28. Why is Tybalt outraged by Romeo’s presence at the feast? What is Tybalt’s concern?
29. Beginning on line 105, Romeo and Juliet have their first verbal exchange. What character traits are revealed in the words they say to one another?
30. What is Juliet’s reaction to discovering that Romeo is a Montague?