Romeo and Juliet Act V Study Guide

Performance Indicators:

P.S. ELA-1 Language:   Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

A. Notice and correct grammatical and mechanical errors in writing.
B. Demonstrate command of correct sentence structure and variety.
C. Apply standard usage to formal speaking and writing.

P.S ELA-2 Reading Analysis: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

A. Evaluate the relevant themes and synthesize how they are present in the novel in oral and written responses.
B. Interpret the implications of setting and circumstance.
C. Analyze the role of characters in the plot in oral and written responses.
D. Analyze important quotations from the text in oral and written responses.
E. Annotate the text.

P.S ELA-3 Reading Craft and Structure: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of a text.

A. Understand SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone
B. Analyze the plot and/or design of the text, following shifts in time and place.


The Act V study guide is due DAY 1 of the third quarter.  The study guide is valued as a homework grade.

Scene 1:
1. What news does Balthasar bring Romeo?
2. What actions does Balthasar’s news prompt Romeo to do?
Scene 2:
3. What does Friar John tell Friar Laurence?
Scene 3:
4. Why is Paris at Juliet’s tomb?
5. Why does Paris think that Romeo has come to the tomb?
6. What is it about Juliet that should have told Romeo that she was not dead?
7. Why doesn’t Friar Laurence stay in the tomb with Juliet after she awakens?
8. Why does Juliet kiss Romeo after he is dead?
9. What information does Romeo’s letter give?
10. How do Montague and Capulet plan to honor the memories of their children?


“How doth my lady? Is my father well? How doth my Juliet? That I ask again,
For nothing can be ill if she be well.”

“Then she is well and nothing can be ill.  Her body sleeps in Capels’ monument,
And her immortal part with angels lives.”

“My poverty, but not my will, consents.”

“Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death, Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,
Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open, And in despite I’ll cram thee with more food.”

“And here is come to do some villainous shame To the dead bodies. I will apprehend him.”

“Come, I’ll dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns.”

“Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end.- O churl, drunk all, and left no friendly drop
To help me after! I will kiss his lips…”

“Alas, my liege, my wife is dead tonight. Grief of my son’s exile hath stopped her breath.
What further woe conspires against mine age?”

“See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love, And I, for wrinkling at your discords too, Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished.”