10 Possible Questions and Answers on Romeo and Juliet
The play “Romeo and Juliet” is one of William Shakespeare’s important pieces of art. Many people consider the play as one of the world’s most fantastic love stories to have ever been told. The play has its setting in the 16th century in the city of Verona in Italy. Shakespeare’s inspiration for the play comes from Arthur Brooke’s Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet which is a poem written in 1562. A key aspect of the play is Shakespeare’s language use. The play is filled with puns, oxymorons, soliloquy, and paradoxes. The theme of the play revolves around the love that Romeo and Juliet shared. The play had its first performance in the year 1594. It has been acted many more times since then in different stages all over the world. More often than not, the play is used in institutions to teach literature. Various questions are usually derived from its numerous acts for examination purposes.
Below are some ten commonly asked questions and answers from the play.
From Act 4 scene 1: What plan does the Friars have for Romeo and Juliet?
- The Friars plan to fake Juliet’s death by administering her with a portion that ends up putting her in a state of being “dead” the night before her wedding. They then send a letter to Romeo about their plan. Upon burying her in the grave site, Romeo will then come get her and they will escape.
From Act 3 scene 3: Why is the Friar scolding Romeo?
- The Friar scolds Romeo since he should be grateful that his life was spared, which he isn’t.
Act 3 scene 3: Explain Romeo’s reaction to being banished.
- Romeo cannot imagine living without Juliet. His banishment puts him in a state of despair. He even prefers being dead than being banished.
Act 1 scene 1: Benvolio advices Romeo. What advice that he give Romeo concerning Juliet?
- Benvolio advices Romeo to move on and find and find another girl, something he finds difficult to do.
From Act 3 scene 2: Explain the dramatic irony at the beginning of the scene.
- Juliet thinks that Romeo is dead whereas Tybalt has been banished. This happens to be the opposite of the exact situation. Romeo has been banished whereas Tybalt is dead.
Act 4 scene 3: Juliet is quite skeptical with the portion she is about to take. What thoughts are run through her mind?
- Juliet is skeptical on whether it will work. She also thinks that the portion may kill her. What if she wakes up too early and ends up suffocating in the grave. What if the dead spirits of her ancestors decide to haunt her and drive her insane as she waits for Romeo?
Juliet finally has the strength to take the portion. What gives her the strength to take it?
- The thought of Juliet finally being with Romeo gives her the strength and courage to take the portion.
Act 5 scene 1: Romeo has been waiting for a letter. What is it in the letter that he has been waiting for and from who does it come from?
- Romeo has been waiting for a letter from Friar Lawrence which contains details on the plans for him to finally meet Juliet.
What is it that the readers know that Balthazar does not know?
- The readers do know that Juliet’s death is all faked up, something that Balthazar has no idea about.
Juliet decides to seek help. From who does she decide to get help?
- Juliet seeks to get help from the nurse. However, she does not get any response. She therefore decides to get help from the Friar.