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Help high school students extend beyond basic plot recall and develop close reading analysis skills with this set of high-order questions covering Act 1, scene 5, of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats, this worksheet saves English Language Arts teachers valuable time at home without sacrificing rigor in the classroom. An answer key is provided. By completing this activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Choose the best textual evidence in support of a claim
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including simile, situational irony, onomatopoeia, foreshadowing, and metaphor
  • Analyze the author’s paradoxical language to discern a theme related to love
  • Define complex and unfamiliar words and phrases as they are used in context
  • Discern the significance of a given detail
  • Interpret figurative language in a logical fashion
  • Explore the intended effect of the author’s language on the audience