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Romeo and Juliet - Themes
The imagery of flowers is often used in the play.

Romeo and Juliet - Themes

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1.
Which of the following expresses Verona's displeasure with the long-running feud?
Mercutio's curse
The response of the citizens to the street fight in the first scene of the play
The Prince's reference to the "thrice-disturbed quiet" of the streets
All of the above
Despite his own hot-headedness, Mercutio's curse reminds the audience that both families share equally in their responsibility for the violence. The citizens in the first scene shout, "Down with the Capulets. Down with the Montagues"
2.
Romeo repeatedly compares Juliet to which of the following?
A musical instrument
A flower
A bird
A source of light
Romeo compares Juliet not just to light, but to the brightest sources of light, beginning with his famous line, "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? / It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." When he opens her tomb, he exclaims that it is filled with her light
3.
The opening scene stages a fight which begins with the biting of a thumb by a servant, before drawing in the most senior members of the Montague and Capulet families and ends with the Prince's threat of death. Which of the following themes does this scene NOT introduce?
Hatred and violence
The shaping of behavior by unthinking loyalty
Nature
The impulsiveness of youth
The various loyalties and ingrained behaviors would lead to death without the Prince's arrival on the scene
4.
Which of the following statements by Capulet's Wife is filled with deadly irony?
"This sight of death is as a bell / That warns my old age to a sepulcher"
"Tonight she's mewed up to her heaviness"
"Some grief shows much of love"
"I would the fool were married to her grave"
Juliet's mother's unthinking wish becomes dark truth
5.
Romeo's sorrow at the beginning of the play is related to which of the following themes?
Love
Hatred
Death
Fate
When the audience first encounters Romeo, he is sorrowful at Rosaline's refusal to return his love
6.
Juliet's grave is mentioned throughout the play. With which of the following is it often linked?
Her bridal bed
A forest
A nun's cell
Her future husband
Juliet describes her grave as her bridal bed in the first act of the play and Paris uses the same phrase in the final act
7.
Which character frequently recalls the theme of nature as it is related to reproduction?
Nurse
Tybalt
Capulet
Capulet's Wife
Nurse frequently refers to breastfeeding, sex and pregnancy. Her jokes present these aspects of life as natural and expected
8.
Capulet's Wife attempts to stop her husband from joining the fight in Act One, Scene One, saying: "A crutch, a crutch — why call you for a sword?" To which of the following themes does her mockery most relate?
Marriage and family alliances
Romantic love
Youth and age
Fate
She mocks her husband by implying infirmity. Interestingly, the stage directions at this point refer to him as "old Capulet", highlighting the contrast between the head of the family and its unruly younger members
9.
The imagery of flowers is often used in the play to symbolize which of the following?
The hidden dangers in the beautiful and fragile
The beauty of youth
The fleeting nature of life
All of the above
Flowers, besides being Juliet's choice of metaphor for Romeo, symbolize youth, its beauty, fragility and fleeting nature. Flowers also represent hidden dangers and death, as they can be used to make both medicine and poison
10.
In the Prologue, the Chorus gives a brief summary of the play. Which of the following phrases used in the Prolog does NOT relate to the theme of fate?
"Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean"
"The fatal loins of these two foes"
"A pair of star-crossed lovers"
"Misadventured piteous overthrows"
"Misadventure", "star-crossed", and "fatal" are various terms used to refer to fate, and particularly to ill, rather than good, fortune
Author:  Sheri Smith

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