Ms. Coviello's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Introduction Webquest



Welcome to your introduction to world of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet! 

"For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.3

In this Webquest, you will gather background knowledge on Shakespeare, the Elizabethan England, and information that pertains to Romeo and Juliet. 

Although, the tale of these two "star-crossed lovers" is one that is still relevant to us today, it is important to develop a solid foundation on all things Shakespeare. So go forth, learn, and enlighten yourself! 

Please note, that the questions and information that you gather in this webquest is fair game for the next quiz....

STEP 1: Click on the link called "TASK" and read your instructions!


Your task is to answer all the questions using the links provided for each section found on the links on the left. 

You will write your answers in the Google doc attached to the Webquest Assignment in Google Classroom.  
Be sure you answer all parts of the question. Write complete sentences. Be sure to use two obviously different colors for your questions and answers.

You may work in pairs or by yourself to complete this assignment. Be sure that you written your name and the name of your partner (if necessary) at the top of your paper before turning it in. Good luck!

STEP 2: Click on the link for PROCESS above!


About Shakespeare

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Below are questions that should be answered on Google Doc found in Google Classroom.  

Shakespeare's Life 

Click to answer these questions.

1. How much do we know about Shakespeare's life? Why?

2. Where was Shakespeare born?

3. What date was he born on?

4. Did Shakespeare ever get married? If so, to whom?

5. Shakespeare established himself as an ____________ and _________________ 

6. What day did he die? What is unusual about this date?

7. What did he leave his wife in his will?


Elizabethan Theatre

Click to answer these questions.

8. What was the general feeling towards plays during this period in time?

9. What was the name of the first theatre?

10. What was the name of them most famous theatre?

11. What happened to this theatre?

12. Where did people sit or not sit?

13. When did they have performances? Why?

14. How many women performed in these plays?

15. What did the audience do if they didn't like the performance?

About Marriage


Romeo & Juliet marry secretly, but because she is trying to escape the arranged marriage to Paris. Read this site about marriage in Elizabethan England and answer these questions:

Click on and answer the next questions. 

16. What does betrothal mean?


17. Name a marriage or betrothal custom found on this page.





      Click on the link for "more wedding customs"

      18. What color should the bride's dress be? 


      19. What is a dowry?



      About Food


      Click on and continue.


      20. How many meals do people generally eat each day?


      21.   Click here Why would people in Shakespeare's day not know what a chocolate chip cookie is?