Our GCSE revision guide for students studying Romeo and Juliet covers all the key acts, characters and themes with active revision strategies and practice exam questions and answers for all exam boards.
Perfect for independent study and remote learning, it includes a helpful overview of the play, an act by act summary of events and guidance on key quotations.
Revising Romeo and Juliet also helps to build students’ confidence and develop their understanding through self-checks, quizzes and a detailed exploration of character, setting, Shakespeare’s language and the play’s tragic structure.
- Covers key characters and themes (love, fate, family, death, conflict, roles of women) plus a summary of the play.
- Includes practice exam questions for all exam boards and suggested answers.
- Features active revision strategies to build students’ knowledge.
Example student revision activities from the pack:
Using the notes from Revision activity 1, create a quick timeline of love-related events in the play.
In the centre of the page, create a very quick cartoon strip (with simple stick people), focusing only on the main events of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship.
Write brief summaries alongside each image. Then, in a different colour, put some of the events that happen outside of the relationship above and below your cartoon strip, using arrows to show where they happen.
Once you have finished this visual diagram, think about how the romance between the couple is or is not affected by other plot events.
- Do the other events slow down or hinder the relationship?
- Do the other events make the relationship speed up?
- How do you think audiences feel when reflecting on the play’s action taking place in less than a week?
- How does Shakespeare want us to react?
Structure and language analysis:
Use the questions below to closely analyse this quotation from Juliet during the balcony scene. Though she is very much in love with Romeo, she admits that her feelings are more complicated.
‘It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say ‘It lightens’.’
- What do you notice about the pattern in the first line?
- What words are repeated and what do they show about Juliet’s feelings?
- What technique is used in the second line?
- Why might Juliet worry about their engagement being like ‘lightning?’ What does this show she wants from Romeo?
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