Oxymoron in Romeo & Juliet


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In literature, the figure of speech oxymoron refers to:

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1. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses oxymoron to:

2. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Romeo uses phrases such as ''loving hate,'' ''heavy lightness,'' and ''sick health'' when speaking to his cousin Benvolio. Why does he use these oxymora to describe his feelings for Rosaline and his family?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, incorporates a full range of literary and poetic devices, but this quiz has been developed to determine whether you understand the use of oxymoron. Many of the questions on this quiz use a fill-in-the-blank style framework to ask you for the definition of the term and have you interpret the oxymora in the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these evaluation tools as a means to measure your knowledge of:

  • The definition of oxymoron
  • Shakespeare's purpose for using oxymora
  • Juliet's use of 'sweet sorrow'
  • Interpretation of 'heavy lightness,' 'loving hate,' and 'sick health'
  • Juliet's oxymora comments after Tybalt's death

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz can help you enhance the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Romeo and Juliet lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about oxymora in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason Shakespeare includes oxymora in the play

Additional Learning

Explore this topic more closely with the connected lesson, Oxymoron in Romeo & Juliet. Open up the lesson and find the answers to the quiz questions, then read about the following:

  • Imagery and oxymora
  • An analysis of Romeo's state of melancholy
  • A review of the woes Juliet faces