Learning with Movies: ROMEO & JULIET


For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo

A WebQuest for English as a Foreign Language 4º ESO

Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers ever in history, but you don't know much about
him or about his work. When you finish this WebQuest you will be able to say a lot about
him and his well-known play "Romeo and Juliet"

Biographer Sheet:

Activity 1- find the information to answer the following questions:
About Shakespeare
1. How many plays and sonnets did Shakespeare write?
2. Was Shakespeare an actor?
3. Why is Shakespeare called "The Bard"?
4. Where is Shakespeare buried?
About his time
1. Who were the monarchs of Britain during the life of Shakespeare?
2. Which important event took place in 1588?
3. What caused "the plague"?
4. Can you name some typical sports in that time?
5. Name three Theatres of the epoch.

Activity 2: you have to write a biography of Shakespeare including some details about the Elizabethan age.

Activity 3-While watching the movie, find the information to answer the following questions:

1. Who did Romeo love in the beginning of the play?
2. Where did Romeo and Juliet first meet?
3. In which act does the famous balcony scene take place?
4. Why couldn't Romeo and Juliet get married?
5. Who gave the potion to Juliet?
6. Who did Romeo first meet when he arrived at Juliet's tomb?
7. What happened then?

Final Activity : select the most outstanding events in the tragedy and write a short summay of each act. Include the place where the scenes take place, the characters and summarize the main actions.Make up a different ending.
Student Vocabulary :

awakened-woke up
balcony-a small upstairs porch
beloved-someone who is loved
citizens-people who live and vote in a particular place
Cupid-the god of love;
curse-evil wish
challenge-dare; in this case, an invitation to fight a duel
feud-a fight between to families that usually lasts for many years
Friar-a priest, a member of a religious order
nephew-the son of one's brother or sister
plunged-pushed quickly
relatives-members of ones family
reputation-honor, good name
ruin-spoil, hurt
stunned-shocked , upset
tomb-a room in which the dead is buried
urge-try to get someone to do something
vial-a small glass tube
wounded-hurt, injured

Trivia for
Romeo + Juliet

• The pool hall that Romeo and Benvolio enter is in a building called "Globe." The Globe Theatre in England was the site of William Shakespeare's original productions in Elizabethan times.
• A number of important moments (and a lot of trivial ones) involve water. When we first see Juliet, she is holding her head under water; when Romeo and Juliet first see each other, it's through a fish tank; the balcony scene is moved from a balcony to a swimming pool; Mercutio is killed at the beach; when Tybalt is shot, he falls into a pond; when the banished Romeo comes to Juliet's room he is drenched from the pouring rain, and when he leaves the next morning he falls into the pool again.
• The Sycamore Grove theatre and huts on Verona Beach were actually destroyed by a hurricane during filming. The beginning of the hurricane is evident during Mercutio's death scene, and many pick up shots had to be filmed elsewhere.
• The film runs for exactly two hours, in line with the prologue which states: "Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage".
• Like most of Shakespeare's work, the verse of Romeo and Juliet is written in iambic pentameter. Father Laurence, is the only actor in the movie who speaks using this meter

Memorable quotes:

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.

Romeo: Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

Juliet: 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy, thou art thyself though not a Montague. What is Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. Oh, what's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet; so Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection to which he owes without that title. Romeo, doff thy name! And for thy name, which is no part of thee, take all myself.

Romeo: Did my heart love 'til now? Forswear its sight. For I never saw true beauty 'til this night.
Juliet: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, which mannerly devotion shows in this. For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.

Romeo: Have not saints lips, and holy palmers, too?

Juliet: Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.

Romeo: Well, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do. They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.

Juliet: Romeo, what's here? Poison? Drunk all, and left no friendly drop to help me after?


1. To which city does Romeo go after being exiled from Verona?
(A) Padua
(B) Rome
(C) Venice
(D) Mantua
2. Why is Romeo exiled?
(A) For killing Tybalt
(B) For marrying Juliet against her father’s will
(C) For killing Mercutio
(D) For publicly admitting his atheism
3. Who performs Romeo and Juliet’s marriage?
(A) Friar John
(B) Friar Lawrence
(C) Father Vincentio
(D) Mercutio

4. Who is the fairy that Mercutio says visits Romeo in dreams?
(A) Puck
(B) Queen Mab
(C) Beelzebub
(D) Jack o’ the Clover
5. What does the Nurse advise Juliet to do after Romeo is exiled?
(A) Follow her husband to Mantua
(B) Wait for Romeo in Verona
(C) Act as if Romeo is dead and marry Paris
(D) Commit suicide

6. Where do Romeo and Juliet meet?
(A) At Capulet’s feast
(B) At Friar Lawrence’s cell
(C) At Montague’s feast
(D) At the pier from which Malvolio is departing for Spain

7. Who kills Mercutio?
(A) Benvolio
(B) Sampson
(C) Romeo
(D) Tybalt

8. Which character first persuades Romeo to attend the feast?
(A) Mercutio
(B) Benvolio
(C) Lady Montague
(D) Juliet

9. What, at first, does Juliet claim that Romeo hears the morning after their wedding night?
(A) The owl
(B) The dove
(C) The nightingale
(D) The lark

10. To what does Romeo first compare Juliet during the balcony scene?
(A) The moon
(B) The stars
(C) A summer’s day
(D) The morning sun

11. Who discovers Juliet after she takes Friar Lawrence’s potion?
(A) Lady Capulet
(B) Capulet
(C) Paris
(D) The Nurse
12. Who proposes that a gold statue of Juliet be built in Verona?
(A) Montague
(B) Lady Capulet
(C) Paris
(D) Romeo

13. To which powerful figure is Paris related?
(A) Capulet
(B) Montague
(C) Prince Escalus
(D) King Vardamo

14. How and where does Romeo commit suicide?
(A) With a dagger in the orchard
(B) With a rope in the public square
(C) With a sword in Juliet’s bedchamber
(D) With poison in Juliet’s tomb

15. Who is the last person to see Juliet before she stabs herself dead?
(A) Paris
(B) Friar Lawrence
(C) Tybalt
(D) Romeo

16. Why is Friar John unable to deliver Friar Lawrence’s message to Romeo in Mantua?
(A) He is killed by a Capulet servant
(B) He is attacked by bandits on the road
(C) He is held inside a quarantined house, and is unable to leave
(D) Romeo is stopped in Padua and never makes it to Mantua

17. Why does the Apothecary agree to sell Romeo poison?
(A) He is poor, and needs the money
(B) He can see that Romeo is passionate
(C) He is afraid that Romeo will hurt him if he refuses
(D) He is a friend of Friar Lawrence

18. On what day do Romeo and Juliet meet?
(A) Saturday
(B) Tuesday
(C) Sunday
(D) Wednesday
19. With whom is Romeo madly in love for the first two scenes of the play?
(A) Himself
(B) Mercutio
(C) Juliet
(D) Rosaline

20. In what decade was Romeo and Juliet written?
(A) 1570s
(B) 1600s
(C) 1610s
(D) 1590s

21. Whom does Mercutio curse as he lies dying after a duel?
(A) The Montagues and Capulets
(B) Romeo
(C) Tybalt
(D) Romeo and Tybalt

22. In what area is Friar Lawrence an expert?
(A) Roman history
(B) Languages
(C) Plants and herbs
(D) Swordfighting

23. What term does the Chorus use to describe the lovers?
(A) ill-fated
(B) death-doom’d
(C) demon-haunted
(D) star-crossed

24. Why does Tybalt first challenge Romeo to a duel?
(A) He is offended that Romeo loves his cousin
(B) He is offended that Romeo shows up at the Capulet ball
(C) He is offended that Romeo bites his thumb at him
(D) Tybalt does not challenge Romeo to a duel; he challenges Mercutio

25. In what year did Shakespeare die?
(A) 1610
(B) 1594
(C) 1601
(D) 1616

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