Romeo and Juliet - reading and listening exercises


Romeo and Juliet

Many years ago in Verona, Italy, there were two families.
‘We are the Capulets.’
‘We are the Montagues.’
These families are always fighting. The Montagues have a son, Romeo. The Capulets have a daughter, Juliet.
One night the Capulets have a party and Romeo goes. He meets Juliet and they fall in love. Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, sees Romeo and is very angry.
‘He’s a Montague! Get him!’
‘Oh Romeo, why are you a Montague?’
Romeo and Juliet talk and decide to get married.
They know that their families will be very angry so they go to Friar Lawrence and are married in secret.
The next day, Tybalt sees Romeo. He is still angry with Romeo and wants to fight him.
Romeo doesn’t want to fight but his best friend, Mercutio, does.
‘If you won’t fight him, I will!’
Mercutio fights Tybalt. Tybalt kills Mercutio! Romeo is so upset he fights Tybalt and kills him too!
The Prince of Verona is very angry and sends Romeo away. Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence for help.
‘Here is a special drink. You will sleep for two days. Your family will think you are dead but you will wake up. Then you and Romeo can be free together.’
Friar Lawrence sends Romeo a letter to tell him the plan. But Romeo doesn’t get the message. He hears that Juliet is dead!
Romeo is so upset he buys some poison and goes to see Juliet.
‘Now I will stay with you forever.’
Too late, Juliet wakes up! She sees what happened.
‘Oh no! You didn’t leave any poison for me but here is your knife.’
Romeo and Juliet are both dead. Friar Lawrence tells the Capulets and Montagues what happened. They are so sad they agree not to fight anymore.


EXERCISES

What’s the order?
Watch the story and put the sentences in order.

(  ) Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love.
(  ) Romeo kills Tybalt so the Prince of Verona sends him away.
(  ) The Capulet family and the Montague family are always fighting.
(  ) Romeo is so sad that he kills himself, then Juliet sees Romeo is dead and she kills herself.
(  ) Romeo doesn’t get Friar Lawrence’s letter and thinks Juliet is dead.
(  ) Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, kills Mercutio, Romeo’s friend.
(  ) The families are so sad that they agree not to fight anymore.
(  ) Juliet makes a plan with Friar Lawrence to drink a special drink and pretend to be dead.

True or false?
Watch the story. Write true or false for these sentences.

a) The Capulet family and the Montague family don’t like each other. 
b) Romeo meets Juliet at a Montague party. 
c) Romeo and Juliet get married in secret. 
d) Tybalt kills Mercutio, then Romeo kills Juliet. 
e) The Prince of Verona is very happy and sends Romeo away. 
f) Friar Lawrence gives Juliet a drink to make her sleep. 
g) Friar Lawrence sends Romeo a letter to tell him the plan. 
h) Romeo buys a knife and goes to see Juliet. 
i) Romeo and Juliet kill themselves. 
j) The Prince of Verona tells the families what happened. 

Write and draw!
Imagine the Montagues and the Capulets have a party together to celebrate the end of their fighting. At the party, Mrs. Montague and Mr. Capulet say sorry to each other. Draw a picture and write their conversation!

Think about it!
What do you think? Is it important to try to forgive people when they do something bad to you, instead of fighting with them? Why?

ANSWER KEYS

What’s the order?
Watch the story and put the sentences in order.

(2) Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love.
(4) Romeo kills Tybalt so the Prince of Verona sends him away.
(1) The Capulet family and the Montague family are always fighting.
(7) Romeo is so sad that he kills himself, then Juliet sees Romeo is dead and she kills herself.
(6) Romeo doesn’t get Friar Lawrence’s letter and thinks Juliet is dead.
(3) Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, kills Mercutio, Romeo’s friend.
(8) The families are so sad that they agree not to fight anymore.
(5) Juliet makes a plan with Friar Lawrence to drink a special drink and pretend to be dead.

True or false?
Watch the story. Write true or false for these sentences.

a) The Capulet family and the Montague family don’t like each other. TRUE
b) Romeo meets Juliet at a Montague Capulet party. FALSE 
c) Romeo and Juliet get married in secret. TRUE
d) Tybalt kills Mercutio, then Romeo kills Juliet Tybalt. FALSE
e) The Prince of Verona is very happy angry and sends Romeo away. FALSE
f) Friar Lawrence gives Juliet a drink to make her sleep. TRUE
g) Friar Lawrence sends Romeo a letter to tell him the plan. TRUE
h) Romeo buys a knife some poison and goes to see Juliet. FALSE
i) Romeo and Juliet kill themselves. TRUE
j) The Prince of Verona Friar Lawrence tells the families what happened. FALSE

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