Romeo and Juliet Act II Study Guide

Literary Terms  Define each term and provide examples from the play of the following terms:

dramatic irony
situational irony
verbal irony

Questions  Answer the questions according to the developments in the play
Scene 1:
1. What does Mercutio say about “blind love”?
Scene 2:
2. When Juliet appears on her balcony, what does Romeo compare her to?
3. Unaware of his presence, what does Juliet ask Romeo to say?
4. In a sentence or two, explain what Juliet says about names.
5. Why is Juliet embarrassed?
6. Juliet is going to send someone to Romeo on the following day for what purpose?
Scene 3:
7. What has friar Laurence been out gathering in his basket?
8. When Friar Laurence sees Romeo, what comment does Friar Laurence make about seeing Romeo so early in the morning?
9. What does Friar Laurence mean when he says to Romeo, “Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes?
10. Friar Laurence agrees to perform the marriage ceremony for Romeo and Juliet for what reason?
Scene 4:
11. What is the nurse saying to Romeo in lines 157 – 163?
12. How is Juliet to arrange to meet Romeo?
Scene 5:
13. How is the nurse behaving that is frustrating to Juliet?
Scene 6:
14. What does Friar Laurence mean when he says, “Therefore, love moderately;

Quotes  Indicate who is expressing the indicated quote, what scene the quote is from and the significance of the quote according to the play.

“He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.”

“O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”

“The earth that’s nature’s mother is her tomb; What is her burying grave, that is her womb; And from her womb of divers kind.”

“Within the infant rind of this weak flower, poison hath residence and medicine power.”

“Young men’s hearts then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.”

“Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing. Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say “Good night” till it be morrow.”