Love it….Hate it…whatever your feelings, its time to express your knowledge of…Romeo and Jane Eyre Juliet By Charlotte BronteBy William Shakespeare
1. Why did Shakespeare set his play in Verona, Italy?Was it because: A: Everything Italian was fashionable inTudor London in during Elizabeth’s reignB: Italy was believed by English people tobe a country full of hot-blooded people andwarring familiesC: Elizabeth I would not have allowed aplay to shown that showed London to bethe centre of the kind of lawless behaviourRomeo and Juliet portrays
2. Rome and Juliet are partof two of Verona’s rich andfamous families – the kindof families who would bewritten about in Hellomagazine .Give Rome and Juliet theircorrect family names andexplain why Romeo andBenvolio had to gate-crashJuliet’s dad’s party to findbeautiful girls and wouldnever have been given aproper invite.
3. The prologue, structured as asonnet, gives a chance for theaudience to settle down (theElizabethans were a rowdy lot) andprepares them for what they are aboutto watch.What is unusual about the prologue?a. It tells the audience what happens at the end of the playb. It is written in Italianc. It is structured as a sonnet, but uses a different sonnet structure
4. Romeo and Juliet are described inthe prologue as being ‘star-crossedlovers’.What would this suggest to theplay’s audience?a. Romeo and Juliet are different star signs (Romeo a rash Ares and Juliet a careful Taurus)b. They are innocent victims who do not control their own destiny and their fate is already written in the starsc. They only meet at night, under the stars
5. Romeo describes Juliet and herbeauty in many different ways,but the thing he most oftencompares her to is:a. A heavenly angelb. The virgin Maryc. Light
She doth teach the torches to burn bright!’ ‘ (1,v)Q6 Name two other light sources to which Romeocompares Juliet
‘O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.’Q7: Shakespeare used many different types of dramatic techniquein Romeo and Juliet to express emotions, create foreboding andbuild tension. What type of dramatic technique does Shakespeareuse in Act 2, ii (Balcony scene) which allows Romeo to find out thatJuliet already loves him?
Q8: Why are Benvolio’s words ‘For now , these hot days, is the madblood stirring’, important for introducing Act 3,i (The Fight Scene)?
? Q9B: How does this insult express Mercutio’s feelingsQ9: What name does for Tybalt?Mercutio call Tybaltwhich expresses allMercutio’s disgustand lack of respect forTybalt Capulet?
‘This day’s black fate on more days doth depend: This but begins the woe, others must end.’Q10: What is the effect on the audience of Romeo’s word after killing Tybalt?10B: State two of Shakespeare’s literary techniques that make these lines veryeffective?
‘Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark!’Q11: Who is Romeo addressing with these words?Q11B: Romeo has used the ‘bark’ (ship) metaphor before: When? andwhy would this make the audience find his words even more upsettingand tragic?
Q1: Approximately how manyyears after Shakespeare wroteRomeo and Juliet did Brontewrite her novel Jane Eyre?a. 300 yearsb. 200 yearsc. 700 years
Q2: How would you describethe novel, Jane Eyre?a. A Victorian novel about love, passion and revenge in which love conquers allb. A Victorian gothic romance which deals with the themes of class, autonomy, love and moralityc. A Victorian novel which celebrates female power and independence and exposes male weaknessd. All three
Q3: Why is Jane so vulnerable in thenovel?Q4: Jane has been brought up and educated torepress (hold back) her feelings; but, she hasone way that she can express her strongemotions. What is it?
Q5: What is the name of Rochester’s house where Jane goes to work as governess?Q5b: What makes this house and its setting typical of a gothicnovel?
Q6: What kind ofhero is Rochester?a. Unreliableb.Byronicc. Dishonest
Q7: What is the narrative structure ofthe novel, Jane Eyre?a. First person narrative with achronological structure – the story istold as if by Jane in the order the eventshappenedb. Third person narrative – Bronte is telling Jane and Rochester’s love story from the perspective of a third person narratorc. First person narrative – Rochester tells the story of how Jane’s love for him gave him a reason to love life again after his life was ruined when he was tricked into marrying a mad woman.
Q8: Why is Rochester only honest about his feelings for Jane when theymeet up outside?a. Rochester, a Byronic hero, is a man of action and hates being cooped up inside a houseb. The house represents the Victorian social conventions which dictated how people should behave and especially supported the Victorian class structure. Only outside could Rochester feel free from these restrictionsc. Jane is always finding an excuse to post a letter or do some kind of errand to get out of her duties as governess to Adele and go and find herself some real action – after all, the house and her job and the whole being a woman in Victorian times thing is so boring and there is a limit to how much drawing she can do
Q9: Poor Jane, she really feelstrapped. What is stopping her frombeing able to truly be herself?a. Lack of moneyb. Lack of family – her parents are dead and her aunt and cousins hate herc. The Victorian class structure – how can a governess get anywhere in life when they are either invisible to other people or there just to be abused?d. All three
Q10: After meeting Rochester and falling inlove with him, Jane caught up in an emotionaltorture and the struggle of what against what?a. Good against evilb. Reason against passionc. Hot against coldQ10b: What does Jane compare her feelingstowards Rochester with in Chapter 17:a. A sick dog who cannot help licking his woundsb. A man dying of thirst who drinks from a poisoned well even though he knows it will kill himc. An overweight woman who cannot help herself from eating that fifth chocolate cup cake
Q11: What kind of literary techniquedoes Bronte use to let the reader knowthat Jane has made a big mistakewhen she accepted Rochester’sproposal (that will teach her for lettingpassion rule reason) and thatsomething terrible will definitelyhappen? (end of Chapter 23)
Q12: Rochester is a very troubled man,but does not always express hisfeelings very well, probably because heis a Byronic hero. Yet, somehow, thereader usually knows what he isfeeling.How does Bronte give the reader somuch information about his feelingswithout letting us into his head to hearhis thoughts?Q12B: Can you give an example of this?