2uncomfortable and irritable. 1.At the beginning of this scene, Shakespeare “sets the stage” by having the characters tell what the weather is like. How does the weather seem to breed trouble?It is hot, making peopleuncomfortable and irritable.
3Tybalt. He wants to fight Romeo for coming to the Capulet party. Who renews the quarrel between the families? Why?2.Tybalt. He wants to fight Romeo for coming to the Capulet party.
4Which character tries to be the peacemaker? 3.Benvolio (and Romeo)
5He just (that day) married Tybalt’s cousin, Juliet. Why does Romeo refuse Tybalt’s first challenge?4.He just (that day) married Tybalt’s cousin, Juliet.
6Why does Mercutio say “a plague on both your houses!”? 5.He is cursing both families for the feud that has caused his own death.
7Why does Romeo finally assume personal responsibility for avenging Mercutio’s death? 6.Mercutio was fighting for Romeo; Romeo came between them, which allowed Tybalt to stab Mercutio under Romeo’s arm.
8He feels like fate is toying with him and causing all of his bad luck. Why does Romeo call himself fortune’s fool?7.He feels like fate is toying with him and causing all of his bad luck.
9Romeo is banished from Verona. What decree does Prince Escalus make?8.Romeo is banished from Verona.
111.Describe the emotional roller coaster Juliet is on as she comes to understand the nurse’s news.At first she is so happy and excited to be married, then the nurse makes her think Romeo is dead, then she realizes he’s not dead, but banished for killing her cousin, and she’ll never see him again.
12She says she will die before she is with another man. How do we know Juliet will remain true to Romeo?2.She says she will die before she is with another man.
13Horribly - he’d rather be dead. How does Romeo react to his banishment?3.Horribly - he’d rather be dead.
14Of what faults does the friar accuse Romeo? 4.He is ungrateful and acting with too much emotion and drama; he is being irrational and unreasonable.
15What does the friar say to ease Romeo’s desperation? 5.He will talk to the Prince to get his sentence reduced and bring peace to the families.
16According to the friar, what steps must be taken to safeguard Romeo? 6.He can go see Juliet that night, but he should leave Verona early, so he’s not caught; he should stay in Mantua until Friar can fix their situation.