Characterization in Romeo & Juliet


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In general, character development happens through action, description, and dialogue. On which of these does Shakespeare rely most heavily?

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1. When a character speaks in un-rhymed iambic pentameter, this is called _____.

2. In Shakespeare's plays, whether or not a character is speaking in blank verse or rhymed iambic pentameter could be an indication of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Shakespeare is famous for the characters he created and those in Romeo & Juliet are no exception. The aim of this quiz/worksheet is to help you learn about these characters through topics like character development tools, iambic pentameter, and specific character traits.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To be more precise, you will be asked to demonstrate what you know of:

  • Shakespeare's most regularly used character development device
  • The name of un-rhymed iambic pentameter
  • Reflections of speech on the character
  • The character with the most overly exaggerated speeches
  • The character with a name that stems from the Latin word for 'good'

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Shakespeare's writing methods
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Shakespeare's use of action, description, and dialogue
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the presentation of characters in Romeo & Juliet and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You'll have the chance to learn more on Romeo & Juliet if you study our accompanying lesson by the title of Characterization in Romeo & Juliet. The lesson's going to be on:

  • Shakespeare's characterization techniques
  • The play's characters
  • Relationships between characters
  • Idiosyncrasies of the characters