Romeo and Juliet essay test prompts

Romeo and Juliet essay test

2 pages. Must include 3 examples from the text. Label these examples (In parentheses, write example 1, example 2, example 3, etc). We will watch the Zefferelli version of the story, starting tomorrow, which can help you with details if you choose to annotate the film.  This essay will be due the day after we finish the film

1)      In the Prologue, Romeo and Juliet are described as "star-crossed lovers" and reference is made to their "death-marked love." They themselves speak like this. Do you think that Shakespeare wants to create the impression that their death is brought about by a cruel overwhelming Fate, by sheer accident, or by their own willfulness - or by some or all of these?

2)      "A plague on both your houses!"
Mercutio's dying curse reminds us that, in the end, perhaps it is the adults who need to be condemned for their irresponsibility and senseless feuding. Romeo and Juliet are merely innocent victims of their parents' rage. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Discuss.

3)      Analyze how the feud between the Montagues and Capulets leads to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. At the end of the play, the Prince says some will be pardoned and some will be punished. So, who gets what? Also, what theme or message about human nature and society is expressed through the tragic end?