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Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Study Guide Answers Scene 1 & 2

Romeo and Juliet
Act two (Study Guide)
Answer Sheet
Explain this sonnet
Romeo and Juliet have a new love for each other and that's what this chorus is demonstrating
1. What does Mercutio say about “blind love? Mercutio states, "Love that is blind
cannot hit the mark." By this statement, Mercutio means that misdirected "blind love" does
not reach it's intended target, as in the case of Rosaline.
2. Explain the dramatic irony1 in this scene. Romeo is now in love with a new girl and
the other characters do not know.
(This is the most famous scene in the entire play.)
1. Fill in the blanks in this paraphrase of Romeo's soliloquy (lines 1-32)
Shh! What light is at the Window? Juliet shines through the window like the
sun rises in the east. Arise, beautiful sun (Juliet) and replace the moon who is
jealous because you, her maid (Diana - Virgin moon goddess) is more fair
than she. Don't be a maid since the moon is envious of you. Her innocence is
sickly, and only a fool would keep it.
Oh! It's my lady! It is my love I wish she knew that I love her. She speaks. but
says nothing. How strange. She speaks with her eyes. I'll answer her. No, I'd
better not since she isn't aware I’m here.
Two of the fairest stars in heaven have asked her eyes to twinkle for them
while they take care of some business. If her eyes were there, her eyes were
there the brightness of her cheek would make the stars seem dull just as
daylight outshines a lamp. Her eyes would shine so brightly that the birds
would think it were not night and begin to sing. O' I wish that I could touch her
She speaks. 0 speak again bright angel, for you are as glorious to this night,
being over my head as is an angel of heaven is to mortals who look up and
see him when he walks on the clouds and sails on the air.
2. When Juliet appears on her balcony, what does Romeo compare her to?
Romeo uses a metaphor to compare Juliet to the sun. Romeo then compares her eyes to two
absent stars in the sky.
3. How does Juliet “speak, yet…[say] nothing”? Romeo is referring to her talking on
the balcony, yet he does not hear all of her words because he is struck by her incredible
4. When Juliet leans her cheek on her hand, what does Romeo say? Romeo states,
"Oh that I were a glove upon that hand that I might touch that cheek."
5. Unaware of his presence, what does Juliet ask Romeo to say? Juliet asks that
Romeo would deny his father and "refuse thy name." Juliet is lamenting over the fact that
Romeo is a Montague.
6. Explain Juliet’s soliloquy (lines 41-52). Romeo's name shouldn't matter because it
doesn't define him.
7. How is this an example of dramatic irony? Romeo has similar feelings for her and
is beside her during the speech
8. Fill in the blanks of this paraphrase of Juliet’s speech (lines 90-110)
You know it is dark or you could see me here because you heard me talking
about you. If I followed proper etiquette, I'd deny I ever said it. But who cares
about etiquette! Do you love me? Don't say yes unless you really mean it. If
you think that I am too bold. 1'll play hard to get so you can win my
affections. The truth is I am foolishly in love with you, and you might not take
me seriously. But trust me, and I'll prove myself to be more true than those
who know how to play hard to get. I would have been more distant I must
confess, but since you allude to (?????) me, let me confess my love for you,
there is no other way to be.
9. Juliet asks how Romeo got into her place. The orchard walls are high, and Romeo's
life would be in danger if her relatives were to find him there. What is Romeo's
response to these questions? That he flew over on loves wings that allowed him to hop the
10. Why is Juliet embarrassed? Romeo was there for the whole speech so she is
embarrassed because he heard her express her love when it is “uncommon” to share and
express feelings in that way