Romeo & Juliet Act 2 Questions

Instructor: Wendy A. Garland

Wendy has a Ph.D. in Adult Education and a Master's Degree in Business Management. She has 10 years experience working in higher education.

In this lesson, we will take a look at some study questions from Act 2 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which will be organized by theme. Some of the more complex questions will be followed by a brief expansion and possible discussion points.


In Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet, events begin to unfold quickly. We have the famous balcony scene between Romeo and Juliet, as well as the marriage arrangements that follow it. This all takes place in secret, since the houses of Capulet and Montague would never approve of a marriage between their families.

Thoughts On Love

  • How does Mercutio feel about blind love? What does he say about it?
  • What does Friar Laurence say to Romeo about how young men love? Does he approve or disapprove of it?
  • What advice does Friar Laurence have for Romeo and Juliet about love?

The Balcony Scene

  • To what does Romeo compare Juliet when she appears on the balcony? What does he mean?
  • What does Romeo mean when he says Juliet speaks without saying a word?

Here, Romeo is referring to Juliet's body language, something of which most teenagers are acutely aware. Discuss with your students the role of body language among today's teens. Is it still as important? Or does it mostly lead to trouble?

  • What does Romeo say when he sees Juliet leaning her face on her hand?
  • What does Juliet, still unaware of Romeo's presence, wish he would say to her? What does she say about names to justify this wish?

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