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Extension Activity

To truly know Romeo and Juliet well, it is a good idea to look at the play from the perspective of the Parallel Curriculum.


  • Pull together across the whole text
  • eg:

Act I Quiz

  1. Name 4 people involved in the brawl. (2 marks)
  2. Where does it take place?
  3. What starts the brawl?
  4. Who stops it?
  5. How many brawls have there been?
  6. With whom is Romeo in love?
  7. Name 2 things Romeo does that cause his family concern. (2 marks)
  8. What does Benvolio suggest Romeo does to forget his worries?

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Find quotations that show the following:
  • Somebody buys poison
  • Somebody calls for Romeo to receive the death penalty
  • Somebody threatens Juliet with physical violence
  • Somebody says his daughter is too young to marry
  • Prince threatens people who brawl with banishment
  • People promise to raise a statue in honour of the lovers
  • A dying person curses both families
  • Somebody believes their plan will unite the two families


Why are each of these quotations important in the play? Think about what they reveal about character, their importance in terms of theme, imagery, relationships etc. Make a comment about each one.

Quotation Importance:
"A pair of star-crossed lovers..." (Chorus - I.i.6)  ?
Many a morn hath he there been seen

with tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew (Old Montague to Benvolio I.i)

You’ll not endure him! God shall mend my soul!

You’ll make a mutiny among my guests! (Old Capulet to Tybalt, I.v)

"O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!

It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear..." (Romeo, I.v.45-54)

"My only love, sprung from my only hate!

Too early seen, unknown, and known too late!" (Juliet, I.v.147-48)

Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon,  ?
"But soft - What light through yonder window breaks?" (Romeo, II.ii.2)  ?
"That which we call a rose

by any other name would smell as sweet." (Juliet, II.ii.45-6)

"O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,

That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable." (Juliet, II.ii.114-16)

So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies

Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. (Friar Laurence to Romeo II.iii)

And so good Capulet, which name I tender

as dearly as mine own, be satisfied (Romeo to Tybalt III.i)

"A plague o' both your houses!" (Mercutio, III.i.90)  ?

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"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

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Did you notice?

  • Capulet seems more interested in keeping the peace at his party than he worries about his daughter's happiness.

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