1. In what city does this play take place?
Romeo and Juliet is set in the beautiful city of Verona.
2. Why are Romeo and Juliet called “Star-cross’d lovers?”
Romeo and Juliet are referred to as “Star-cross’d lovers” as they are going against their fate.
Act I, Scene I:
1. Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene?
The servants of the Capulet family, Sampson and Gregory, are fighting against the servants of the Montague house, Abram and an unnamed servant.
2. Who tries to break up the fighting?
Benvolio attempts to break up the fight but does not succeed.
3. What threat does the Prince make to Lord Montague and Lord Capulet?
The Prince threatens Lord Montague and Lord Capulet to death if their feud does not cease.
4. Benvolio and Montague describe the way Romeo has been acting. What do they have to say about him?
Benvolio and Montague both agree that Romeo has been acting in a strange way and they have both been wondering as to why he has been acting like this.
5. Why is Romeo so sad? Explain.
Romeo is sad as he is infatuated with a girl who does not love him and has vowed to stay a virgin forever.
6. What is Benvolio’s advice to Romeo?
Benvolio advises Romeo that in order to forget about the girl, he should open his eyes to other girls and look at them in order to become infatuated with another. Benvolio advises Romeo of this in order to improve his mood and to find another lover.
7. Who is Rosaline?
Rosaline is Capulets niece and is who Romeo is infatuated with.
The scene summarised:
· Play opens with a fight between the Capulets and the Montagues
· The Prince issues a decree that anymore fighting equals death
· Romeo is sad because he is in love with a woman that does not love him
· Introduced to several important characters in the play
· Rosaline is the mystery woman Romeo is in love with
Act I, Scene II:
1. Why does Capulet think it will be easy for Montague and him to keep the peace?
They have both sworn an oath, and if they break it, the penalty will be death.
2. What does Paris ask Capulet?
Paris asks Capulet if he can marry his daughter, Juliet.
3. What is Capulet’s first answer?
Capulet originally does not give consent to Paris’ request to marry Juliet reasoning that she is too young being only 13. He wants Paris to wait another 2 years until Juliet matures more.
4. A bit later, Capulet appears to change his mind about Paris’ question. What does he then tell Paris?
Capulet appears to change his mind about Paris’ questions soon after, telling him that he must charm her and win her love. If she consents to the marriage then Capulet would agree and bless the marriage.
5. What problem does the servant have?
The servant, Peter, has been given a task to invite people from all around Verona to a ball being held by Capulet but he is unable to read the names written down.
6. What do Romeo and Benvolio decide to do?
After reading the letter Peter carried, Romeo and Benvolio...