English 9AD Per____
West Side Story/Romeo & Juliet
Directions: Answer each question in a well-developed paragraph of at least 5-10
sentences. Please type your responses on a separate sheet of paper. This will count as a
test grade.
Questions 1-6: Compare and contrast each pair of characters. Compare their personalities
as well as their roles in the story.
1. Lord Capulet/Bernardo
2. Romeo/Tony
3. Juliet/Maria
4. Prince Escalus/Officer Krupke
5. Mercutio/Riff
6. Nurse/Anita
7. How do Tybalt and Bernardo contribute to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and Tony,
8. Is there a common theme in the two works? If so, what is it? If not, how do their
themes relate?
9. In what ways do the fight scene in Verona and the fight scene between Bernardo and
Riff compare? Do both scenes have the same effect on the plot? Why or why not?
10. Compare the balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet with the scene on the fire escape
from West Side Story. How does each scene bring the lovers together? Are there any key
differences between the two scenes?