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Scene i
1, Between what two families does the feud exist?
2. Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene?
3. Who tries to break up the fighting?
4. What decree does the Prince make after the street brawl?
5. Benvolio and Montague describe the way Romeo has been acting. What do they have to say about
6. Why is Romeo so sad? Explain.
7. What advice does Benvolio give Romeo about Rosaline?
8. Notice the series of anthesis (anthesis - a contrast of ideas expressed by parallelism of strongly contrasted words) in the following lines:
"Here is much to do with hate, but more with love,
Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,
Of anything, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
Feather of lead, bright-smoke; cold fire, sick health,
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this."

Why would Shakespeare use this literary device?

Scene ii
  1. What is Capulet trying to tell Paris?
"My child is yet a stranger in the world,
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.
Let two more summers wither in their pride
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride."

2. What is Paris' argument? Quote the line which supports your answer.
3. What does Capulet mean in, "And too soon marred are those so early made."
4. What is the meaning of:
At my poor house look to behold tonight
Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light..."
5. Explain:
Such comfort as do lusty young men feel
When well-apparelled April on the heel
Of limping Winter treads..."

6. What does the servant mean when he says:
...and if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine."

Scene iii
  1. How old is Juliet?
  2. When Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about marriage, what is Juliet’s answer?
  3. Following Juliet’s answer, what does Lady Capulet then tell Juliet?

Scene iv
1. What do the following lines show about Romeo's state of mind?

"I fear, too early, for my mind misgives Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin, his fearful date
With this night's revels and expire term
Of a despised life, closed in my breast,
By some vile forfeit of untimely death."

Why is this an example of dramatic irony?

2. What do these lines show about Romeo's belief in fate?
"But he that has the steerage of my course
Direct my sail."

Scene v
1. Where does this scene take place?
2. Who is Romeo talking about in lines 46-55? Explain the irony in these lines.
3. Why does Tybalt become so upset, and how does Capulet respond to his rage?
4. Who is speaking the lines below and to whom do these lines refer? What do the speakers mean?
a) "...Verona brags him
To be a virtuous and well-governed youth.
I would not for the wealth of all this town
Here in my house do him disparagement." (Lines _)

  • b) "...If he be married,
  • My grave is like to be my wedding bed." (Lines )

  • c) "My only love, sprung from my only hate!
  • Too early seen unknown, and known too late!"

Analysing Act I, sc v

5. Find one example of each of the following literary devices used anywhere in Act One.
blank verse
figurative language


Act 1 Quote Quiz