Act 5 Journal Response Questions
Directions: Over the next week, answer THREE (3) of the following questions. Each response needs to be a paragraph in length. Remember that a paragraph includes an introductory sentence, and a concluding sentence. There needs to be 3-5 or more sentences in between with supporting details and evidence. Spelling and punctuation count. Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.
1. Romeo and Paris meet up at Juliet’s tomb and fight. Paris dies. Is this necessary to the play’s overall plot? Why or why not?
2. Read Romeo’s speech, lines 34-57 on page 376, (Act 5, scene 1). What is he saying here? What is his plan?
3. What do you think Romeo meant when he said, “then I defy you, stars!” after learning of Juliet’s death?
4. Choose at least two themes for Romeo and Juliet which you think stand out. How do these themes come across to you, the reader/audience? Give examples from the play.
5. Friar Lawrence’s last speech, a monologue, summarizes all the actions for everyone on stage. Re-read his lines, 229-269, Act 5 Scene 3, and paraphrase his words, explaining the events in your own words.