Romeo & Juliet Act 5 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 look at some important discussion questions from Act 5 of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet.' These questions will be divided by themes, and some of the more complex questions will be briefly expanded to better aid the discussion along.


Act 5 is the finale of Romeo and Juliet, wherein all the events in the play come to their conclusion. A lot of the characters wind up dead, albeit somewhat unnecessarily, and we all learn quite a few important lessons as a result.

Utter Heartbreak

  • Who is Balthasar? What news does he bring Romeo? How does Romeo react to that news?

Balthasar, one of the servants of the house of Montague, tells Romeo about Juliet's suicide. having no knowledge of Friar Laurence's plan (more on this a bit later), Romeo is heartbroken and grief stricken. He goes to the apothecary and asks for poison, which the apothecary reluctantly sells him.

Indeed, yet another suicide is in the works. What does Romeo's decision tell us about the impetuous nature of teenagers? We have seen it t work throughout the play, but Juliet showed us in the previous act that teenagers are more than capable of making mature and independent decisions. Why doesn't Romeo?


  • Who is Friar John? What does he tell Friar Laurence? After hearing his news, what does Friar Laurence rush to do?

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