Weekly Agenda November 2-6

Weekly Agenda November 2-November 6

          Monday, November 2

Review Act II using the following questions:

          Review for Act II

Scene 1 questions

  1. When Romeo says, “turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out, he is making a metaphor.  What things are being compared?


  1. Where is Romeo? Where is Juliet?



  1. What do Mercutio and Benvolio think about their friend?


  1. Why does Romeo say, “He jests at scars that never felt a wound?”



Scene 2

  1. What does Juliet mean when she says,” Wherefore art thou Romeo?” specifically what does “wherefore” mean?

What does she mean when she says, “Deny thy father and refuse thy name,

                                                                          Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,

                                                                          And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”



  1. Juliet doesn’t want Romeo to swear by the moon.  Why not?


  1. What would happen, according to Romeo, if the stars were busy and needed a substitute? What would happen if the stars were to substitute for Juliet’s eyes?


  1. When Juliet says, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title” what does she mean?



  1. Why Is Juliet embarrassed when she realizes Romeo is in the garden?



  1. What warning does Juliet give Romeo?


  1. Romeo doesn’t care; he is more afraid of what?


  1. When Juliet says, “Dost thou love me?” what does she want Romeo to do?


  1. What is she afraid he might think about her, given what he overheard?


  1. If Romeo’s love is honorable, what does Juliet want Romeo to do? What then will she do?



  1. Juliet is going to send someone to Romeo on the following day for what purpose?


  1. Famous line!  “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”  What is the oxymoron?  What does it mean?


Scene 3

  1. What kinds of things does Friar Laurence speak about?



  1. Friar Laurence holds a particular flower and says, “Within the infant rind of this weak flower . . .” and then he goes on to describe it’s powers.  What exactly does it do?


  1. Where does Friar Laurence believe Romeo has been all night?


  1. What remedy or “holy physic” does Friar Laurence have to help Romeo?  When does Romeo want Friar Laurence to do this?



  1. Why is Friar Laurence surprised by Romeo?  Be specific! He says that he can still hear Romeo’s _______________ in his ears and there are still ______________ on Romeo’s cheeks.  In the end, he summarizes saying There is no __________________ in men.



  1. Why does Friar Laurence marry them anyhow?



Scene 4

  1. Who sent the letter to the Montague house?


  1. What changes in Romeo is Mercutio happy to see?



  1. How does Mercutio make fun of the nurse? Be specific.



  1. Nurse is somewhat upset y Mercutio’s rudeness.  What does Romeo tell the nurse about Mercutio?


  1. Who is trying to help Romeo and Juliet get together?


  1. Identify 1-2 errors the nurse makes in her dialogue with Romeo and his friends—these should be errors that make her sound kind of ignorant.



  1. What is Romeo’s plan for the wedding?  Write down all the specific details!



  1. The nurse says she’s given Juliet advice about ________________ being the more proper man.  According to the nurse, why didn’t she push that advice too much?

Scene 5

  1. Why is Juliet upset at the very beginning?


  1. When the nurse arrives, why does Juliet get upset with her? (nurse is doing what?)


  1. Finally, what does Nurse tell Juliet to do?


Discuss the Analyze the Text questions on page 334.  If you are virtual, Write your answers in paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper.


Tuesday, November 3

        In Act III, everything changes.  Up until this point the play could almost be a romantic comedy.  But with Act III, the tragedy sets in.  It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

                Read/listen to Act III, Scene 1

Verbal Irony

Look closely at lines 5-27 of Scene 1, page 335.  Irony has three types: situational, dramatic, and verbal.  We have already had examples of dramatic irony (when the audience knows that Romeo has moved on from Rosaline, but his friends do not).  Mercutio’s dialogue with Benvolio contains verbal irony, when what a character says is not what he means at all. In this case, these characters tease each other, each saying that the other acts in a way that is clearly untrue.  Highlight the lines that contain verbal irony and label them in the margin.


Benvolio and Mercutio have been talking about fighting, and their discussion seems to foreshadow a real fight.  Tybalt appears; what 3 times have we seen Tybalt before?


Describe Tybalt’s personality.Knowing how he feels about the Montagues and Romeo in particular, how does Tybalt’s appearance now create suspense?



Visual Support

Look at the picture from the movie.On page 336 Tybalt is the man in red and Mercutio is in black on page 337. Romeo is to Tybalt’s left.

  1. Is Romeo a Capulet or a Montague?
  2. Which of the fighters is Romeo’s friend?
  3. What family is Tybalt from?
  4. Why does Tybalt want to fight Romeo?





Cause and Effect

If actions do not have a reason behind them, an audience finds it hard to believe it. An audience ( and people in every day life) wants a reason and wants that reason to be acceptable.  Look closely at the actions and reactions (causes and effects) that have happened so far.  In the left column below I have listed certain actions that led to important actions in the play.  You write in the righthand column the effects of these choices/actions.




Romeo wants to see Rosaline.



Tybalt recognizes Romeo at the party.



Tybalt challenges Romeo.



Romeo holds Mercutio back.



Tybalt kills Mercutio.



Mercutio’s Speech Patterns

Read, label, and highlight lines 90-96.  How do you know Mercutio is dying? (what words tell you that?)

Do you find it fitting to his personality that he jokes as he is dying? (If you look for me tomorrow, you will find me a grave man).  If you were directing this movie, how would you have the actor deliver these lines?

What accusation is to be inferred in lines 99-100?


Contrasts and Contradictions

In the margin note by this name on page 339, you are asked to notice the way Romeo’s personality seems to change with Mercutio’s death.  List three reasons why Romeo would feel this death so deeply.  You will not find the reasons all in one place in this scene; don’t look for certain lines.  What have you learned about Romeo that tells you the answers?


Summarize Scene 1

Write a paragraph in which you summarize this scene from Act III.




Multiple Choice

Why does Romeo not want to fight Tybalt at the beginning?

  • He has promised Juliet he won’t fight.
  • Tybalt is now family to him.
  • We are not given a reason.
  • Romeo is afraid to make the prince mad.
  • He is a pacifist.

Copy the line that tells you the answer.




Two key characters die in 3.1.  Pick one of them and write his obituary.











What is Romeo’s punishment?                                                                                 Do you think this is fair?








Wednesday, November 4

Review scene 1: go to lines 36-113 and mark 3 things:

  1. Put a star and label any time a character’s rash action moves the play toward tragedy.
  2. Underline and label any line that presents a threat or challenge.
  3. Circle and label any line that presents peacemaking or retreat.


Read/listen to Act III, scenes 2 and 3.


Parallel Plots

Several things have happened to move the plots along. In thinking about Act II and Scenes 1,2,3 of Act III, you should be able to tell what things have happened to move these plots along.  List new developments in the chart below.

                Feuding families                                                               Romeo and Juliet love story


















Again and Again

When writers repeat words and phrases, they are trying to draw attention to them, for emphasis usually. When writers repeat not only the words but the way the words/ phrases are structured, it’s called parallel structure.  Parallel plots run along beside each other and parallel structures are close together too.  In lines 1-35 of scene 2, mark all the repetitions you can find. Label the ones that repeat not only individual words but structures as well with the words parallel structure. 

What feelings are being emphasized?  Is the parallel structure effective in showing Juliet’s feelings?

Thursday, November 5

Analyze Literary Devices


Highlight lines 73-85.Earlier in the play Romeo used oxymorons to indicate his confusion over the emotional highs and lows in his life.Here, Juliet has just discovered that her husband Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt.Mark the oxymorons in this speech and indicate here what they reveal about her feelings.







Words of the Wiser

Scene 3

Friar Laurence has played two roles in Romeo’s life so far: he has been friend to Romeo and performed the marriage ceremony for Romeo and Juliet.Once again, he is giving advice to Romeo. Mark the lines where Friar Laurence gives insight into Romeo’s predicament.What lesson is he trying to give Romeo?Summarize Friar Laurence’s advice to Romeo.Discuss whether his advice is convincing and why.






Analyzing Characters

We are seeing more of Romeo’s personality.He has always been emotional and dramatic, and he uses language extravagantly to express his feelings. He does the same here, reacting with his heart rather than his head. He is feeling two types of conflict: man against society (external) and man against himself (internal).What events make up the internal and external conflicts in his life?

Internal __________________________________________________


External __________________________________________________










Parallel Structure and Tone

Parallel structure appears again in Scene 3, lines 108-144.Highlight and label the repeated elements in these lines.With these words Friar Laurence show he is both disgusted and angry with Romeo (tone); what does he hope to achieve by speaking to Romeo this way? Note that there are two parts to this question.








Review the plan Friar Laurence proposes. In the chart below, list the responsibilities of both Romeo and Friar Laurence for the plan to work.Insert the line numbers of the details you include. One is done for you.


Romeo’s Responsibilities

Friar Laurence’s Jobs


Comfort Juliet (lines 146-147)













Scene 4

Dramatic Irony and Suspense

As scene 4 unfolds, the audience is aware of intense dramatic irony.What do we know about Juliet that her parents do not know? ___________________________

________________________________________________________________________. What do her parents think is the reason for Juliet’?



How does this dramatic irony create suspense within the play?









Romeo and Juliet is a play about paradoxes; family pride and love leads to violent conflict and hatred while romantic love leads to a violent end. The characters’ emotions put them in situations of conflict.

The young men of the play offer a view into quite a variety of ways of dealing with conflict. These young men lived centuries ago, but their feelings and reactions are ones that people feel today.

  • First of all there is Tybalt who is aggressive and hot-tempered.  When he sees Romeo at the Capulet party and is forced to leave him alone by Capulet, he wants revenge.
  • Mercutio is the scene stealer, the witty guy who likes to be the center of attention.  Despite not being a member of either family, he can’t stay out of the conflict, and his hot temper causes a great deal of trouble.
  • Benvolio just wants to keep the peace, but he seems powerless in the face of all his hot-headed and impetuous friends.
  • Romeo, happy and in love, also wants peace between the two families, but his pride and his love for his friend cause him to do something stupid.

Think about how the roles of bullying play out in Act III. Use the roles of bullying to identify which role the characters in the play fulfill

  • Bully
  • Henchman
  • Supporters
  • Onlookers
  • Possible defenders
  • Defenders
  • Target








Friday, November 6

Scene 5

Read/listen to Scene 5.

Reread lines 1-42 of Scene 5

  1. Take 2 different colored pens or highlighters and underline all words to do with night, darkness, and death in one color, and all words to do with day, light, or life in the other color.
  2. Each tme a speaker talks, summarize what he says with a hashtag (or more than one).  For instance, when Juliet first speaks you might say #nightengale or #still night
  3. Find and label 3 examples of personification.
  4. Look up “Cynthia’s brow” and annotate what this means in the context of Romeo’s words (line 20).
  5. Identify the point when Romeo and Juliet switch arguments and draw a star there.
  6. Identify a line which foreshadows what is to come and label it.
  7. Identify and label 2 examples of alliteration.




  1. Why all the imagery of light and darkness used in this extract?  What is the relation to the greater themes of this play?
  2. What is the tone of this piece?  If you were the director, how would you instruct the actors to recite these lines?  Would there be a change at any point? If so, where and what would it be?
  3. What do you think of Romeo, of Juliet? at this point in the play?  Explain your opinion.


Character Analysis

Choose a character from the play so far and record what you think this character’s reactions to the events that occurred up to this point would be.  Include a brief summary of the events, how your character learned of the events, and give your character’s reactions to them.  Write from the perspective of your chosen character.  Begin on the following page.



The Personal Diary of   _____________________________

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