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Romeo and Juliet quiz

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Starter quiz:

1. Act 1, Scene 1: what caused the fight and what did the Prince threaten if someone started a fight again? Why is Romeo so troubled? How does Benvolio promise to help him?

2. Act 1, Scene 2: Why won’t Capulet let Paris marry his daughter?

3. Act 1, Scene 3: What does Lady Capulet tell Juliet? What does the Nurse joke about?

4. Act 1, Scene 4: What do we learn about Mercutio in this scene? What premonition does Romeo have?

5. Act 1, Scene 5: Why do Romeo and Juliet fall in love? Why is Tybalt so angry?

6. Act 2, Scene 1: How is Mercutio so rude in this scene?

7. Act 2, Scene 2: What happens on Juliet’s balcony? What do the two lovers promise to do?

8. Act 2, Scene 3: Why does Friar Lawrence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet? Why is he shocked?

9. Act 2, Scene 4: How is Mercutio so rude to the Nurse? What does Romeo tell the Nurse?

10. Act 2, Scene 5: What happens at the end of this act?

11. Act 3, Scene 1 Who dies in this scene and why?

12. Act 3, Scene 2 Why is the Nurse so upset?

13. Act 3, Scene 3 How does Friar Lawrence help Romeo and Juliet?

14. Act 3, Scene 4 Why does Capulet speed up the marriage?

15. Act 3, Scene 5 Who Juliet forced to marry and why?

16. Act 4, Scene 1 What plan does Friar Lawrence have to save Juliet?

17. Act 4, Scene 4 What fears does Juliet have of taking the potion?

18. Act 4, Scene 5 Why is everyone so sad?

19. Act 5, Scene 1 Why does Romeo buy poison?

20. Act 5, Scene 2 What happens to Friar John and why is this a terrible thing to happen?

21. Act 5, Scene 3 Who dies in this scene and why? Why do the families become friends? 

Now have a go at the Spark Notes quiz here and report your score to Mr Gilbert.

Author: @wonderfrancis

Francis Gilbert is a Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, teaching on the PGCE Secondary English programme. He also teaches the Creative Writing module on the MA in Children’s Literature, which is run by Maggie Pitfield and Professor Michael Rosen. Previously, he worked for a quarter of a century in various English state schools teaching English and Media Studies to 11-18 year olds. He has, at times, moonlighted as a journalist, novelist and social commentator. He is the author of ‘Teacher On The Run’, ‘Yob Nation’, ‘Parent Power’, ‘Working The System -- How To Get The Very Best State Education for Your Child’, and a novel about school, ‘The Last Day Of Term’. His first book, ‘I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here’ was a big hit, becoming a bestseller and being serialised on Radio 4. In his role as an English teacher, he has taught many classic texts over the years and has developed a great many resources to assist readers with understanding, appreciating and responding to them both analytically and creatively. This led him to set up his own small publishing company FGI Publishing (fgipublishing.com) which has published his study guides as well as a number of books by other authors, including Roger Titcombe’s ‘Learning Matters’ and anthology of creative writing 'The Gold Room'. He is the co-founder, with Melissa Benn and Fiona Millar, of The Local Schools Network, www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk, a blog that celebrates non-selective state schools, and has his own website, www.francisgilbert.co.uk. He has appeared numerous times on radio and TV, including Newsnight, the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour and the Russell Brand Show. In June 2015, he was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing and Education by Goldsmiths.

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