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Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare


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1. To which city does Romeo go after being exiled from Verona?

2. Why is Romeo exiled?

3. Who performs Romeo and Juliet’s marriage?

4. Who is the fairy that Mercutio says visits Romeo in dreams?

5. What does the Nurse advise Juliet to do after Romeo is exiled?

6. Where do Romeo and Juliet meet?

7. Who kills Mercutio?

8. Which character first persuades Romeo to attend the feast?

9. What, at first, does Juliet claim that Romeo hears the morning after their wedding night?

10. To what does Romeo first compare Juliet during the balcony scene?

11. Who discovers Juliet after she takes Friar Lawrence’s potion?

12. Who proposes that a gold statue of Juliet be built in Verona?

13. To which powerful figure is Paris related?

14. How and where does Romeo commit suicide?

15. Who is the last person to see Juliet before she stabs herself dead?

16. Why is Friar John unable to deliver Friar Lawrence’s message to Romeo in Mantua?

17. Why does the Apothecary agree to sell Romeo poison?

18. On what day do Romeo and Juliet meet?

19. With whom is Romeo madly in love for the first two scenes of the play?

20. In what decade was Romeo and Juliet written?

21. Whom does Mercutio curse as he lies dying after a duel?

22. In what area is Friar Lawrence an expert?

23. What term does the Chorus use to describe the lovers?

24. Why does Tybalt first challenge Romeo to a duel?

25. In what year did Shakespeare die?

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by DenerioWillis19, October 18, 2012

I really like how they translated the quotes into modern day time.



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Dramatic Irony

by Shookie219, December 18, 2012

This site is wonderful but it doesn't point out some literary elements I think it should such as dramatic irony. In Act IV Scene I one of the first occurrences of dramatic irony is that Paris believes Juliet is weeping over Tybalt's death but she is weeping over Romeo which the audience knows.

It would be nice to have dramatic irony's pointed out a little!


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by ConorD98, February 18, 2013

In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.


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