Romeo and Juliet - Extract 2
Do not deny to him that you love me.

Romeo and Juliet - Extract 2

This GCSE English Literature quiz is the second of two extract questions for Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It takes place in Act Four, Scene One, as the action of the play falls towards tragedy. In this passage, Juliet encounters a jubilant Paris at Friar Laurence’s cell, and must put on a brave face in order to conceal the real cause of her troubled mind. Juliet engages in seemingly playful conversation with Paris, while refusing to consent to his impression of her and of their future together. As always, remember to read the passage through more than once before answering the questions. Think about the way in which this passage relates to the themes of the play. Which details do you consider significant? How would you account for the language choices? Don’t forget: it’s a good idea to practise several extract questions, so be sure to try the Extract 1 quiz, as well!

How to answer an extract question in an exam:

Ensuring you always read through the given passage more than once will improve your ability to answer extract questions in exams. As you first read through, aim for a broad understanding of the passage and particularly how it relates to the question or questions which you will answer. Reading through a second time allows you to begin noting details and making annotations. Consider why the specific passage has been chosen. How does it relate to rest of the text? What is its place in the structure of the text? Does the passage introduce any significant characters or themes? What happens next? Are later events foreshadowed? If so, how? Note any developments which occur between the beginning and end of the passage. Why might the chosen extract end where it does instead of elsewhere? Is the final line significant?

Now think carefully about the question you have been asked to answer. Perhaps you will be discussing the mood and atmosphere of the extract, or a particular character. You might be asked to discuss dialogue, behaviour or feelings. You will also need to relate these details to the themes of the text. Remember to explain the passage’s immediate context: what events precede the extract? How do these events relate to those of the extract? Pay attention to detail, to setting and to characterisation. When writing, group related ideas together, but be sure to discuss the entire passage in your answer. Don’t forget to pace yourself. It’s important to leave enough time to write about the whole passage rather than covering one section in detail and neglecting the remainder of the extract!

Read the passage below carefully before answering the questions.

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FRIAR LAURENCE: Look, sir, here comes the lady toward my cell.

PARIS: Happily met, my lady and my wife.

JULIET: That may be, sir, when I may be a wife.

PARIS: That ‘may be’ must be, love, on Thursday next.

JULIET: What must be shall be.

FIRAR LAURENCE: That’s a certain text.

PARIS: Come you to make confession to this father?

JULIET: To answer that, I should confess to you.

PARIS: Do not deny to him that you love me.

JULIET: I will confess to you that I love him.

PARIS: So will ye, I am sure, that you love me.

JULIET: If I do so, it will be of more price,
Being spoke behind your back, than to your face.

PARIS: Poor soul, thy face is much abused with tears.

JULIET: The tears have got small victory by that,
For it was bad enough before their spite.

PARIS: Thou wrong’st it more than tears with that report.

JULIET: That is no slander, sir, which is a truth,
And what I spake, I spake it to my face.

PARIS: Thy face is mine, and thou hast slandered it.

JULIET: It may be so, for it is not mine own.—
Are you at leisure, holy father, now,
Or shall I come to you at evening mass?

FRIAR LAURENCE: My leisure serves me, pensive daughter, now,
My lord, we must entreat the time alone.

PARIS: God shield I should disturb devotion! —
Juliet, on Thursday early will I rouse ye.
[Kissing her] Till then, adieu, and keep this holy kiss. Exit

JULIET: O, shut the door, and when thou hast done so,
Come weep with me, past hope, past cure, past help!

FRIAR LAURENCE: O Juliet, I already know thy grief.
It strains me past the compass of my wits.
I hear thou must, and nothing may prorogue it,
On Thursday next be married to this County.

JULIET: Tell me not, friar, that thou hear’st of this,
Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it.
If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help,
Do thou but call my resolution wise,
[She draws a knife]
And with this knife I’ll help it presently.
God joined my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands,
And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo’s sealed,
Shall be the label to another deed,
Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
Turn to another, this shall slay them both.

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Norton, 2008)

What is the immediate context for this passage?
Romeo and Juliet have just been secretly married
Romeo has just purchased poison
Juliet has just been informed that she must marry Paris on Thursday
Romeo has just killed Tybalt
Juliet seeks Friar Laurence's company after she realises her parents will force her to marry Paris against her will
What immediately follows this passage?
Nurse finds Juliet dead on the morning of her wedding
Paris and Romeo fight
Capulet, his wife, Nurse and the servants stay up late to prepare the wedding feast
Friar Laurence gives Juliet a potion to feign death
Friar Laurence believes that Juliet has enough courage to take such a strong potion since she is willing to take her life
Which of the following is true?
The dialogue between Paris and Juliet resembles a verbal duel
The dialogue between Paris and Juliet shows that they are in complete agreement
The dialogue between Paris and Juliet shows that neither understands the other
The dialogue between Paris and Juliet shows that Paris understands Juliet better than she understands him
Juliet's quick verbal wit, which the audience has experienced in earlier scenes, appears here as she verbally parries with Paris. Their battle of wits is similar to the swordfighting scenes in many respects. Who do you think wins?
Look again at the lines Paris and Juliet speak to one another. What effect does repetition have in these lines?
The repetition does not have any effect other than to sound poetic
Paris's eagerness to marry makes him slow with words, so that he must repeat Juliet's phrases
Juliet's sorrow makes her slow with words, so that she must repeat Paris's phrases
Juliet counteracts Paris's intentions by borrowing and then changing the meaning of his words
Juliet repeatedly picks up on one of Paris's terms in order to use it in a provocative manner
How do Juliet and Paris use the word "confession" in this passage?
Formally, to refer to the confession of sins to a priest
Informally, to refer to confessing a crime to anyone
Both to refer to confessing sins to a priest and to admit to something otherwise secret
Both to refer to confessing sins to a priest and to admit to having committed a crime
In order to speak to Friar Laurence in private, Juliet pretends that she must confess her sins. Paris jokes that she ought also to confess to loving him, not because it is sinful (although he does play with that meaning), but because he wants it to be true
"Are you at leisure, holy father, now." - What is the function of this line?
Juliet is ready to give up on her plans, even though she must submit to her parents' will
Juliet brings the conversation with Paris to a close
Juliet uses this line to continue with the verbal parrying
All of the above
Juliet takes verbal command of the situation, although it is Friar Laurence who explicitly dismisses Paris
In threatening to kill herself, Juliet explains that she will slay her own hand. Why?
She believes that she has done wrong in being married to Romeo
She wishes to prevent the hand from legally ratifying a marriage to Paris
She wishes to end the life of the hand which first touched Romeo's
She wishes to begin anew
Although she would have been forced to marry Paris, Juliet would legally have to confirm her consent, perhaps by attaching her seal to the marriage document
Which line or lines tell the audience that Juliet fears she might fall in love with Paris?
"I will confess to you that I love him"
"It may be so, for it is not mine own"
"And with this knife I’ll help it presently. / God joined my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands"
"Or my true heart with treacherous revolt / Turn to another"
Juliet refers to her heart as "treacherous", i.e. as a traitor to her will
What is Juliet's "resolution"?
To take poison
To use a knife to kill herself
To ask Friar Laurence's advice
To follow her parents' commands
Juliet has no hope of a resolution to her dilemma, so has resolved to end her life
What does Paris want Juliet to do?
Look cheerful
Not attend confession
Not spend time with Friar Laurence
Grieve properly for her cousin Tybalt
Paris tells Juliet that her face is "abused" with her tears
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Romeo and Juliet

Author:  Sheri Smith

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