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Romeo and Juliet Act III Reading and Study Guide Name _______________________________________

I. VOCABULARY: Be able to define the following words and understand them when they appear in the play.
banishment: _the act of being forced to leave a country or place by official decree____________________
dexterity: _mental or physical quickness or skill; cleverness.______________________________________
idolatry: _excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion______________________________________
reconcile: _to bring fighting sides or opinions into agreement or harmony___________________________
exile: _to be kicked out of one's native land by authoritative decree________________________________
fickle: _likely to change due to indecision or instability___________________________________________
gallant: _brave, noble____________________________________________________________________
LITERARY TERMS: DEFINE EACH TERM AND APPLY TO THE PLAY.
allusion: _a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature__
example: Tybalts name was a name from stories in Shakespeares day.______________________
climax: _the turning point, point of maximum interest, and highest tension in the plot of a story, play, or film_
example: ____Romeo killed Tybalt.____________________________________________________
symbol: _A symbol is a person, place, object or action that stands for something beyond itself.___________
example: ___The ring symbolizes their love._____________________________________________
dramatic structure:

ELA9RL1.a Identifies and analyzes types of dramatic literature (e.g., Shakespearean tragedy and comedy).
ELA9RL1.bAnalyzes the characters, structures, and themes of dramatic literature.
ELA9RL1.cIdentifies and analyzes dramatic elements, (e.g., exposition, rising action, climax, denouement, dialogue, monologue, soliloquy, aside, dramatic irony)
ELA9RL1.dDrama: Identifies and analyzes how dramatic elements support and enhance interpretation of dramatic literature.

Romeo and Juliet Act III Reading and Study Guide Name _______________________________________
III. QUESTIONS: ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.
Scene 1:
1. At the beginning of the scene, why does Benvolio think that there will be a fight?
Its hot and the Capulets are out and about__________________________________________________
2. What does Mercutio accuse Benvolio of in lines 15-30?
He accuses Benvolio of being hot-headed and quick to start a fight._______________________________
3. When Tybalt and Mercutio first begin arguing, what does Benvolio try to get them to do?
He tries to break it up and have them fight/talk in private._______________________________________
4. What does Tybalt call Romeo? his man which means his servant_____________________________
5. Why wont Romeo fight Tybalt? Romeo is now his cousin, & to hurt Tybalt would hurt Juliet.__________
6. What does Mercutio think is the reason that Romeo refuses to fight? He thinks Romeos scared._______
7. Why does Mercutio keep repeating, A plague o both your houses?
Hes cursing their families b/c their feud caused his death._______________________________________
8. What does Romeo say that Juliets love has done for him? Its made him soft, womanly, and weak._____
9. Why does Romeo call himself fortunes fool?
He doesnt believe he has control over his own fate, Fortune/Fate has done this to him.________________
10. When Benvolio tells the Prince what happened, what does he say Romeo tried before Mercutio was
killed? He tried to walk away and not fight.___________________________________________________
11. What does Lady Capulet accuse Benvolio of? Why?
She accuses Benvolio of changing the story because he is friends with Romeo and Montagues._________
12. What is Romeos punishment for killing Tybalt? He is exiled/banished from Verona.________________
Scene 2:
13. Why is Juliet so impatient for the nurse to return? She wants to set up the ladder for Romeo._________
14. Describe Juliets rapidly changing attitude toward Romeo in this scene.
1st She thinks Romeo is dead, and she despairs.______________________________________________
2nd She is angry when she finds out he killed Tybalt.___________________________________________
3rd She is relieved that he is alive.__________________________________________________________
15. What piece of news has upset Juliet the most? Romeo is banished.____________________________
16. What does the nurse promise to do?
She promises to find Romeo and bring him back to comfort Juliet._________________________________
Scene 3:
ELA9RL1.a Identifies and analyzes types of dramatic literature (e.g., Shakespearean tragedy and comedy).
ELA9RL1.bAnalyzes the characters, structures, and themes of dramatic literature.
ELA9RL1.cIdentifies and analyzes dramatic elements, (e.g., exposition, rising action, climax, denouement, dialogue, monologue, soliloquy, aside, dramatic irony)
ELA9RL1.dDrama: Identifies and analyzes how dramatic elements support and enhance interpretation of dramatic literature.

Romeo and Juliet Act III Reading and Study Guide Name _______________________________________
17. Explain Romeos reaction to the news of his banishment. Its as bad as death.____________________
18. Romeo tells Friar Laurence that the priest cannot know or understand how he feels. Why?
Hes not in his position: Friars not young, not newly married, didnt kill his wifes cousin, and isnt banished.
19. What argument does Friar Laurence use to prevent Romeo from killing himself?
He lists what Romeo should be thankful for: Juliet; Tybalt didnt kill you; you werent sentenced to death.__
20. What does the nurse give Romeo? She gives him the ring from Juliet.___________________________
Scene 4:
21. What does Capulet tell his wife to say to Juliet? Tell her shell marry Paris on Thursday._____________
Scene 5:
22. As Romeo is preparing to leave Juliet, what argument does she use to convince him to stay?
Its not a lark (which sings in the morning) its a nightingale singing at nightits still nighttime.___________
23. Later, why does Juliet think Romeo should leave? She realizes it could kill him to stay.______________
24. Just as Romeo is about to descend the rope ladder and leave Juliet, what does Juliet say about the way
Romeo looks? She says he looks dead like in a tomb.___________________________________________
25. Why does Lady Capulet think Juliet is crying? She thinks Juliet is crying because Tybalt died.________
26. When Lady Capulet threatens to send someone to Mantua to poison Romeo, what does Juliet say?
She says shed do it herself but with puns so that it could have other meanings.______________________
27. After Lady Capulet breaks the news about Paris, what is Juliets response?
No; I dont want to. She begs, pleads, and cries.______________________________________________
28. If Juliets mother does not arrange to delay the marriage, what will Juliet do? Shell kill herself._______
29. What is Lady Capulets reaction to Juliets threats? Do what you want; Im done with you.___________
30. What is nurses advice to Juliet?
Forget about Romeomarry Paris, and be happy with this second marriage.________________________
31. How does Juliets attitude toward the nurse change? She hates her.
32. What scheme does Juliet devise to get rid of the nurse and to get out of the house?
Shes going to confession.________________________________________________________________

ELA9RL1.a Identifies and analyzes types of dramatic literature (e.g., Shakespearean tragedy and comedy).
ELA9RL1.bAnalyzes the characters, structures, and themes of dramatic literature.
ELA9RL1.cIdentifies and analyzes dramatic elements, (e.g., exposition, rising action, climax, denouement, dialogue, monologue, soliloquy, aside, dramatic irony)
ELA9RL1.dDrama: Identifies and analyzes how dramatic elements support and enhance interpretation of dramatic literature.