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Romeo and Juliet - Illustrating and Supporting Points

This GCSE English Literature quiz takes a look at illustrating and supporting points in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Being able to support your points by referring in detail to evidence in the text is one of the most important skills you practise during your GCSEs. This quiz gives you an opportunity to test those skills. When you wish to make a point about a text, quoting or referring explicitly to a specific part of the text will greatly strengthen your argument. Once you have backed up your point, you will also need to follow up with an explanation, too!

How to use evidence to support a point:

Three primary methods exist with which you may use evidence from a text in support of a point: paraphrasing, quoting single words or short phrases, or quoting longer sections of text.

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Paraphrasing is often neglected, despite being one of the most useful methods. In fact, it is an essential skill for many reasons besides writing English essays. Paraphrasing demonstrates your knowledge of the text and is very often more elegant than quoting multiple words or very long passages.

If you wish to draw attention to a specific language choice, you might quote a single word or a short phrase. Mixing paraphrase and a short quotation in the same sentence is often an efficient way of making a complex point. This is nearly always better than writing long, unwieldy sentences full of multiple short quotations.

The third option is to quote a full sentence or more. This is the best choice when you would like to discuss a longer quotation in close detail or if a shorter quotation just won't make sense.

Remember: you will not normally need to use quotation marks if you are referring to a single word which is not especially significant in itself. For example, it is rather silly to quote “cat” unless the use of the word is unusual or unexpected in some way. When using an exact phrase or sentence from the text, however, do remember to put quotation marks around it.

See how you do with this quiz on the best way to use evidence from Romeo and Juliet. Remember, the purpose of this quiz is to test your ability to quote and to paraphrase, rather than to test your knowledge of the text. One helpful tip is that it might be easier to eliminate the incorrect answers first!

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Read the text from Romeo and Juliet and then choose the answer which best uses evidence in support of a point.
  1. PARIS: Thy face is mine, and thou hast slandered it.
    JULIET: It may be so, for it is not mine own. —
    Pay attention to the different ways this point has been made above. It is useful to practise using evidence from texts, rearranging sentences to see what works best. Don't forget to practise paraphrasing!
  2. "Death lies on her like an untimely frost / Upon the sweetest flower of all the field." - Capulet
    "Death" should not be in quotation marks because it is an ordinary word and the point being made here relates to the untimeliness of Juliet's death
  3. "You have dancing shoes / With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead / So stakes me to the ground I cannot move." - Romeo
    Avoid inelegant sentences with multiple quotations such as the first answer. Did you notice the play on the homophones "sole" and "soul"? Can you think of a sentence making a point about this play on words?
  4. "I will kiss thy lips. / Haply some poison yet doth hang on them, / To make me die with a restorative." - Juliet
    Quoting a single word can be very effective, if used well to make a specific point
  5. BENVOLIO: But that he tilts
    With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast,
    Who, all as hot, turns deadly point to point
    And, with a martial scorn, with one hand beats
    Cold death aside.
    Remember to quote accurately. The final answer is incorrect because of the inconsistent use of quotation marks
  6. "I have no joy in this contract tonight. / It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, / Too like the lightning which doth cease to be." - Juliet
    Always remember that there are many different correct ways to use evidence and to quote text in support of points
  7. "This dagger has mista'en, for lo, his house / Is empty on the back of Montague, / And it is mis-sheathèd in my daughter's bosom." - Capulet
    Remember not to use quotation marks for ordinary words (such as "dagger") unless that word is significant in itself
  8. "The time and my intents are savage-wild, / More fierce and more inexorable far / Than empty tigers or the roaring sea." - Romeo
    Be careful not to drop multiple quotations into a sentence as evidence that you have read the text. Only use multiple quotations when it is necessary and does not distract from the sentence
  9. "We still have known thee for a holy man." - Prince
    Using quotation marks around the word "holy" rather than the phrase "holy man" better emphasises the point
  10. "The most you sought was her promotion, / For 'twas your heaven she should be advanced." - Friar Laurence
    Remember that quotations need to fit grammatically with the rest of the sentence. If discussing Capulet in the third-person, it becomes ungrammatical to quote the second person "your heaven"

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