Romeo and Juliet Test Questions

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Act 1

1. Shakespeare uses a prologue to inform the audience that

  • Juliet is a widow
  • the lovers from the long-feuding families will die
  • Romeo is a fugitive
  • Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet

2. The fight in Scene 1 starts when

  • Capulet and Montague servants quarrel over petty insults
  • Tybalt loses his temper
  • Benvolio insults Tybalt
  • The officer agitates the two sides

3. The fight between Tybalt and Benvolio in Act I is a bit of dramatic exposition that establishes

  • Tybalt’s reputation as a fencer
  • Benvolio as a possible romantic rival of Romeo
  • Juliet as a possible peacemaker
  • The long-running feud between the Capulets and Montagues

4. All of the following words are archaic except:

  • Coz
  • halt
  • God-den
  • ope

5. Mercutio can be described as a foil to Romeo because

  • he comes from a different social class
  • he is much older than Romeo
  • he is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague
  • unlike Romeo, he does not take love seriously

6. Shakespeare creates a sense of foreboding in the following passage. What event does this quotation predict?

Romeo. …my mind misgives
Some consequence yet hanging in the stars
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night’s revels and expire the term
Of a despised life, closed in my breast,
By some vile forfeit of untimely death. (Scene 4, lines 106-111)

  • a renewal of an old feud
  • the beginning of a new love for Romeo
  • Romeo’s death
  • an accident at the ball

7. Which of the following details is not introduced as a complication in Act I?

  • The Capulets and the Montagues are feuding.
  • Lord Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris.
  • Juliet is in love with Paris.
  • Tybalt is determined to avenge Romeo’s death.

8. Which character is clever and witty?

9. Which character is saucy and hotheaded?

10. Which character is lovesick and moody?

11. Which character is intelligent and obedient?


Act 2

1. In the balcony scene, what does Juliet mean when she says:

“What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face…
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.”

  • Montague is an unimportant name in Verona.
  • Romeo should take her last name when they marry.
  • Romeo’s name is only a name, not a reference to who he really is.
  • It is wrong to fall in love with a Montague.

2. Romeo knows Juliet’s feelings of love for him because

  • she wants to marry him.
  • she is sure his love is true.
  • she is not a flirt.
  • he overhears her musing about her feelings for him.

3. The purpose of the humor arising from the nurse’s comic character is to

  • provide relief from the tragedy
  • suggest that love has its funny side.
  • display Shakespeare’s wit
  • indicate that her servants are foolish

4. Friar Laurence rebukes Romeo in the garden because

  • Romeo is causing trouble by wooing Juliet.
  • Romeo quickly forgot his love for Rosaline and fell in love with Juliet.
  • Juliet is too young to marry.
  • Romeo is unfaithful to Rosaline.

5. In Act 2, the action focuses on the wedding plans of Romeo and Juliet. How does the nurse intensify the feeling of action when she brings Juliet the message from Romeo?

  • She goes on and on about her pains, thus leaving Juliet in suspense.
  • She refuses to pass on the message until she has been properly tipped.
  • She betrays Romeo and encourages Juliet to marry Paris.
  • She gives the message to Juliet’s mother instead of to Juliet herself.

6. In the balcony love scene, several of Juliet’s speeches convey a sense of foreboding. Which one of the following fears is not mentioned?

  • Their love is moving too swiftly.
  • Romeo will soon be discovered.
  • This love will result in her death.
  • Romeo could prove faithless.

7. When Friar Laurence agrees to marry the couple, his chief motive is to

  • please the lovers
  • prevent an elopement
  • prove that Romeo is sincere
  • end the feud between the families

8. Dramatic irony occurs

  • whenever Shakespeare stages a fight scene
  • when the audience knows something that the characters in a play do not
  • when the friar believes he can unite the feuding families
  • when Juliet is insecure about Romeo’s true feelings

9. Who said: “O, speak again, bright angel, for though art as glorious to this night, being o’er my head, as is a winged messenger of heaven.”

  • Romeo
  • Juliet
  • Tybalt
  • Nurse

Act 3

1. Mercutio says, “Tybalt, you ryecatcher, will you walk?” because he wants Tybalt to

  • forfeit the fight.
  • fight.
  • join Mercutio for the evening.
  • leave quietly.

2. Romeo does not want to fight Tybalt at first because

  • he is a coward
  • he thinks that Mercutio has a better chance of winning.
  • he is now related to Tybalt.
  • he is on his way to meet Juliet.

3. The Prince punishes Romeo by

  • sentencing him to death.
  • banishing him from Verona forever.
  • annulling his marriage.
  • sentencing him to jail.

4. All of the following consequences result from Romeo’s killing of Tybalt except:

  • Juliet decides that Paris is more honorable than Romeo.
  • Romeo and Juliet cannot reveal their marriage.
  • The wedding of Juliet and Paris is decreed in order to offset the unhappiness caused by Tybalt’s death.
  • Romeo is banished from Verona.

5. Juliet responds to the news of Tybalt’s death with:

  • anger toward Tybalt
  • anger toward Romeo
  • anger toward both Romeo and Tybalt
  • uncontrollable weeping

6. As Juliet encounters more conflicts and problems, how does her character change?

  • She runs away from her problems.
  • She becomes weaker and threatens suicide.
  • She becomes more self-confident and pushes away her elders.
  • She confesses that her life with Romeo is ill-fated and wants to leave him.

7. The turning point of the play occurs when

  • Romeo and Juliet marry.
  • Romeo kills Tybalt.
  • Mercutio is killed.
  • Juliet’s parents insist she marry Paris.

8. Which character scorns his only child and vows to disown her?

  • Paris
  • Benvolio
  • Lord Capulet
  • Lord Montague

9. Which character wishes to marry a woman he has not wooed?

  • Paris
  • Benvolio
  • Lord Capulet
  • Lord Montague

10. Which character recounts the events of the killings to the Prince?

  • Paris
  • Benvolio
  • Lord Capulet
  • Lord Montague


Act 4 & Act 5

1. Which of the following is not part of Friar Laurence’s plan?

  • Juliet should consent to marry Paris.
  • Juliet will wake up alone in the family vault.
  • Juliet should drink the vial of liquid.
  • Romeo will take her to Mantua that very night.

2. Which of the following is not one of Juliet’s fears before she drinks the potion?

  • that it will not work at all
  • that Friar Laurence is trying to kill her
  • that she will wake up early
  • that it will permanently cripple her

3. Romeo’s servant, not Friar John, brings Romeo news that

  • Juliet is dead
  • Juliet must marry Paris
  • Juliet needs his help
  • his sentence is revoked

4. When Romeo arrives at the tomb, he discovers Paris and

  • they attempt to awaken Juliet
  • quarrels with him for a long time
  • kills him in a duel
  • is jealous and suspicious

5. At the play’s end, both families plan to

  • go into seclusion
  • hold combined funeral services
  • punish the friar for his sin
  • erect a memorial to the lovers

6. When Romeo hears that Juliet is dead, the dramatic irony lies in the fact that

  • Juliet is already wed to Paris.
  • Romeo feels a deep grief.
  • the audience knows Juliet is alive.
  • Juliet lies in the Capulet tomb.

7. The climax of the play occurs when

  • Paris is killed
  • Romeo is killed
  • Romeo takes his life
  • Juliet stabs herself and dies

8. Which of the following sentences best states a possible theme of the play?

  • Children, obey your parents.
  • Arranged marriages are the most successful.
  • Hatred leads to violence, destruction, and waste.
  • Love is blind.

9. “Death is my son-in-law, Death is my heir; My daughter he hath wedded,” is an example of:

  • personification
  • pun
  • metaphor
  • simile

10. "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun,” is an example of:

  • personification
  • pun
  • metaphor
  • simile

11. “Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books…” is an example of:

  • personification
  • pun
  • metaphor
  • simile

12. “Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man,” is an example of:

  • personification
  • pun
  • metaphor
  • simile


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