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Romeo and Juliet - Character
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Romeo and Juliet - Character

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1.
Speaking to Paris, Friar Laurence says, "You say you do not know the lady's mind? / Uneven is the course. I like it not." Which of the following is true of the Friar?
He believes that noble young gentlemen like Paris cannot do wrong
He agrees that fathers should choose who their daughters marry, even against their will
He believes that Juliet must consent to her marriage
He warns Paris that Juliet is already married to Romeo
A marriage required the consent of both parties in order to be valid. Romeo and Juliet shows how family pressure could override an individual's power to choose
2.
Friar Laurence encourages Juliet to run away with him when their plans fail. What does her refusal indicate about her character?
Determination
Gullibility
Disloyalty
All of the above
Friar Laurence promises to hide Juliet away in a convent. Steadfast faith to Romeo drives her instead to a quick suicide
3.
Capulet's Wife is not given a name of her own, but is defined by her relationship to Juliet's father. How does her character function in the play?
She supports her daughter in her plans and wishes for the future
She communicates messages between father and daughter
She advises Capulet on how to run the household
She takes responsibility for wedding arrangements
Capulet's Wife often functions as a messenger or mediator between Capulet and Juliet. Father and daughter speak directly only when Juliet refuses to marry Paris. You might notice that in films of the play, she is often called "Lady Capulet", rather than by the title given her in the play
4.
Which of the following best describes Mercutio?
Bold but slow-witted
Loyal and placid
Lively and quick-tempered
Calm and eager to please
Mercutio is very quick-tempered and easily provoked. His name is related to the word "mercury", which is also called "quicksilver"
5.
"I'll look to like, if looking liking move, / but no more deep will I endart mine eye / Than your consent gives strength to make it fly." What does Juliet's comment to her mother tell us about her character?
She uses language playfully
She is adept at appearing obedient
She may not always choose to please her parents
All of the above
Juliet agrees to try to like Paris while pointing out that looking and liking are not the same. She obeys her mother's request at the same time as mocking it: she promises to look exactly the right amount and in the right way at Paris
6.
Knowing that Romeo is banished and the Capulets have ordered Juliet to marry Paris, what does Nurse advise Juliet to do?
Marry Paris
Escape to Mantua
Take a potion which will create the appearance of death
Send a message to Romeo
Nurse is always pragmatic and not always governed by morality
7.
For what do Romeo's friends tease him at the beginning of the play?
Obsession with Juliet
Unrequited love
Poor swordsmanship
Boredom
Romeo is love-sick for Rosaline, who does not return his love
8.
Which of the following character traits leads most directly to Romeo's death?
Insincerity
Fearfulness
Sentimentality
Passion
Romeo's passion for Juliet leads him to wish to die by her side; this same passion is also responsible for his tendency to act immediately. If he were a more patient character, he might have lived to see Juliet recover from the effects of the potion
9.
When Paris requests to marry Juliet, Capulet agrees on the condition that Juliet gives her own consent. Which of the following quotations does NOT contradict his statement?
"I think she will be ruled / in all aspects by me. Nay, more, I doubt it not"
"'Tis very late. She'll not come down tonight"
"Wife, go you to her ere you go to bed. / Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love"
"But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next / To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church, / Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither"
Capulet refers to Paris as "son" and presumes that Juliet will follow his wishes. When he hears that she does not wish to marry Paris, he responds by threatening to disinherit her
10.
Why does Paris go to Juliet's tomb?
He intends to wait for Romeo
He wishes to lay flowers for her in mourning
He wishes to protect her tomb from defacement by members of the Montague family
He has decided to kill himself in grief
Paris's expressions of grief for Juliet resemble Romeo's sorrow in the opening scene for his unrequited love of Rosaline. Paris, unlike Romeo, has no intention of dying with his beloved
Author:  Sheri Smith

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