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Identify and Explain Key Quotes in 'Romeo and Juliet'

In this worksheet, students will identify and explain key quotes from 'Romeo and Juliet'.

'Identify and Explain Key Quotes in 'Romeo and Juliet'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, OCR, Pearson Edexcel, AQA

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   Romeo and Juliet

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In the exam, you will need to be able to select quotations from an extract and explain what these show about a character or theme.

 

You will also need to refer to different parts of the text, using quotations to support your ideas.

 

You should try to build a bank of quotations for each character and theme and learn these so that you can use them readily in your exam response.

 

 

 

Top tip for the exam: When you are referring to the text as a whole, you will be awarded marks for paraphrasing or making reference to part of the text as well as using direct quotations.

 

In this activity you will practise identifying:

 

- Who is speaking in particular quotations

- What quotations suggest about a character

- What theme or idea is explored in a quotation

 

You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples.  These quotations are for reference only.

Which two words from the prologue tell us about a long standing feud?

 

Underline the two words in the quotation below.

\"In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny\"

Which quotation from the prologue tells us that Romeo and Juliet will kill themselves at the end of the play?

 

Romeo and Juliet laying dead

 

Remember to use quotation marks.

Who speaks the following line in the play?

 

"if ever you disturb our streets again,

Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace."

Romeo gatecrashes the Capulet feast.

 

Tybalt, part of the Capulet family, is angry about this.

 

What does he call Romeo?

Villain

Coward

Friend

Complete the quotation below, spoken by Juliet.

Villain

Coward

Friend

Match the quotations below to the character that speaks the lines. 

 

Romeo and Juliet in the balcony scene

 

 

Column A

Column B

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose By an...
Juliet
"Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized."
Romeo

Complete the quotation below, spoken by Mercutio in Act 3, Scene 1. 

 

Column A

Column B

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose By an...
Juliet
"Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized."
Romeo

Friar Laurence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret.

 

Which quotation shows his reasons for agreeing to do this?

 

"Not in a grave, To lay one in, another out to have."

"young men's love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes."

"For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love."

Who speaks the following quotation in Act 3, Scene 1?

 

"And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!"

Match the quotations below to the character that speak the lines.

Column A

Column B

Romeo
"Poor sacrifices of our enmity!"
Juliet
"Oh happy dagger!"
Lord Capulet
"Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."
  • Question 1

Which two words from the prologue tell us about a long standing feud?

 

Underline the two words in the quotation below.

CORRECT ANSWER
"In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny"
EDDIE SAYS
"ancient" refers to old and "grudge" refers to conflict. In the prologue at the very beginning of the play, we learn about the "ancient grudge", the long standing feud, between two families; the Capulets and the Montagues.
  • Question 2

Which quotation from the prologue tells us that Romeo and Juliet will kill themselves at the end of the play?

 

Romeo and Juliet laying dead

 

Remember to use quotation marks.

CORRECT ANSWER
"A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life"
"A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life"
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? Shakespeare uses the prologue to tell his audience how the play will end. This sets up the idea of fate in the play and creates lots of dramatic irony throughout the play; the audience knows that the romance they see developing between Romeo and Juliet won't end well!
  • Question 3

Who speaks the following line in the play?

 

"if ever you disturb our streets again,

Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace."

CORRECT ANSWER
Prince
Prince Escalus
EDDIE SAYS
Prince Escalus speaks these lines. This is near the beginning of the play, after a brawl between the Capulets and Montagues. The Prince warns the families after the three public brawls that have already occurred, that he will not tolerate anymore. He tells them that if they publicly fight again, their deaths will be the penalty.
  • Question 4

Romeo gatecrashes the Capulet feast.

 

Tybalt, part of the Capulet family, is angry about this.

 

What does he call Romeo?

CORRECT ANSWER
Villain
EDDIE SAYS
Tybalt refers to Romeo as a "villain" at the Capulet feast. He's so angry that Romeo is in the Capulet household that he tries to get Lord Capulet to do something about it; Lord Capulet wants to keep the peace for his guests. Tybalt is enraged by this, and this spurs him on to punish Romeo himself. Later in the play, we see Tybalt seek Romeo out and this ends in a fatal brawl.
  • Question 5

Complete the quotation below, spoken by Juliet.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? After Juliet meets Romeo at the Capulet feast and falls for him, her nurse tells her that the boy's name is Romeo and that he is a Montague. This quotation shows how Juliet immediately sees how this is going to be a problem. She's fallen in love with someone from the family that her family hate.
  • Question 6

Match the quotations below to the character that speaks the lines. 

 

Romeo and Juliet in the balcony scene

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"What's in a name? that which we ...
Juliet
"Call me but love, and I'll be ne...
Romeo
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to match them both? These quotations are taken from Act 2, Scene 2, the balcony scene. Juliet speaks in a soliloquy to herself, which Romeo overhears. She considers how unimportant a name is, suggesting that what we call something doesn't define it's character. Romeo responds to Juliet and reveals himself, saying that he would happily change his name if that is what he needs to do to be able to love her. This scene shows how passionately Romeo and Juliet feel for each other and how determined they are to make their relationship work despite their family's conflict.
  • Question 7

Complete the quotation below, spoken by Mercutio in Act 3, Scene 1. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to fill both spaces? Mercutio speaks this line just before his death - he's stabbed by Tybalt. Here we see how he blames the "ancient grudge" between the Capulets and Montagues for his death. This quotation really sums up how destructive this long standing family feud is to everyone involved.
  • Question 8

Friar Laurence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret.

 

Which quotation shows his reasons for agreeing to do this?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love."
EDDIE SAYS
The third one is the correct one. Friar Laurence is Romeo's friend and confidante. Romeo goes to Friar Laurence to ask him to marry Juliet and him in secret. Friar Laurence is hopeful that this will help end the conflict between the two families and agrees. The other quotations above show how Friar Laurence critcises how fickle Romeo seems to be - one minute he was mourning the unrequited love of Rosaline and next he's in love with someone else!
  • Question 9

Who speaks the following quotation in Act 3, Scene 1?

 

"And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!"

CORRECT ANSWER
Romeo
EDDIE SAYS
Romeo speaks this line after Tybalt kills Mercutio. Up until this point, Romeo has wanted to avoid conflict, knowing that Tybalt is Juliet's cousin. However, after Mercutio is killed by Tybalt, Romeo's attitude changes and his sense of loyalty and honour kicks in. Romeo here vows to avenge Mercutio's death by killing Tybalt.
  • Question 10

Match the quotations below to the character that speak the lines.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Romeo
"Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a...
Juliet
"Oh happy dagger!"
Lord Capulet
"Poor sacrifices of our enmity!"
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to match them all? Romeo is told that Juliet is dead (Friar Laurence's letter explaining Juliet's fake death, never gets to him) and buys some poison to kill himself. He goes to the Capulet tomb and after seeing Juliet, drinks the poison. Juliet then awakes and sees Romeo dead. She takes his dagger and kills herself. When the families find out about their deaths, Lord Capulet and Lord Montague finally end their feud, agreeing that this has been a terrible sacrifice to pay for their grudge against each other.
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