Cross your heart with the "Romeo and Juliet" film quiz.

Olivia Cantor

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Wherefore art thou,1996 knowledge? If you know your edgy ‘90s films and timeless love stories, then you certainly know your "Romeo and Juliet" trivia. Want to test your wits about this classic romantic tale? Then take this quiz and find out how much you know!

The classic "Romeo and Juliet" love story was modernized in this newer film. Which playwright wrote the original?

This re-telling of William Shakespeare's tragedy was directed by Baz Luhrmann. He stuck with the poetic old English language delivery, but not the look and feel, which was more modernly intense.

Since the story is a tragedy, what term is used to describe Romeo and Juliet?

"Romeo and Juliet" popularized the term 'star-crossed lovers' in global arts and pop culture. It means that no matter how intense your love, it might not end up so well after all. Careful!

In Shakespeare's original, the story takes place in a town called Verona. But in this film, what is its reinvented version?

Verona Beach is where our filmic characters hang out. Such a bohemian and chaotic place!

The story of "Romeo and Juliet" is anchored on the longstanding feud between which families?

Two top families of Verona, in terms of influence and wealth, are also feuding with each other. They are the Montagues and the Capulets.

Sparks of rage between the two feuding families, which lead to dangerous fights like the incident in the gasoline station, is called this ...

A civil brawl is what Shakespeare termed unruly behavior on the streets. Today, we could also call them gang wars.

In this film, what is a sword?

Director Baz was witty enough to reinvent the Shakespearean language into modern-day adaptations. When Shakespeare refers to swords, he means the ones with blades. But in this film, Sword is a brand of guns.

The Montagues "own" which of the titular characters?

Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet is a Capulet. Romeo was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio.

One of the calmer Montague young men, who is not a fan of too much feuding, is Benvolio Montague. How is he related to Romeo Montague?

Benvolio is like Romeo's BFF in a way. Romeo's dad could also rely on Benvolio to look after his son.

On the other hand, Tybalt, Juliet’s fierce cousin, is also known in the streets by this name.

Tybalt Capulet has such a reputation, for being sassy and all. He is nicknamed Prince of Cats on the streets, perhaps for being too groovy at times.

In the encounter with the Montagues, Tybalt said he hates this word so much.

The sassy, but poetic, Tybalt tells Benvolio Montague that he hates the word peace. He said " Peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee."

When they speak of Romeo's hangout place, Sycamore Grove, what kind of a place is this?

Sycamore Grove is a favorite hangout of the Montagues. At night, it's a festive carnival-like fairground.

The dapper Dave Paris was named "Bachelor of the Year" by which magazine?

Dave Paris is making quite an impression on Mr. Capulet's business. It’s also impressive he’s on the cover of Time magazine as an up-and-coming Bachelor of the Year to keep an eye on.

Juliet Capulet is a damsel who’s not necessarily in distress in this film. Which actress played her?

Claire Danes is the other half of this love story duo. She also acts in theater.

A very close friend of the Montagues, the wild but witty Mercutio, arrives in this manner to meet his posse.

Mercutio is an over-the-top, loyal friend of the Montague boys, especially Romeo. One night, H\he came dressed in drag, teasing the boys into an adventure.

The Capulets are having a shindig. But it’s a highly-restricted affair. What do they call the party they’re throwing?

Invitations to the Capulet costume feast are given only to those who have good relations with the family. But Mercutio scored invites, so off they went! Or crashed.

Romeo wanted to pass on crashing the dance because he said his soul is made of this.

Romeo was wary of going to a costume feast because there’s dancing. "I have a soul of lead,” he said, which doesn’t permit him to dance.

According to Mercutio, these things are the children of an idle brain.

Romeo is the romantic, dreamy type. But Mercutio says dreams are not that good to have.

Roaming away from the costume ball, a bored Juliet and a nonchalant Romeo saw each other behind this thing.

Romeo and Juliet were separately admiring a huge aquarium when they saw each other from the other side. The rest, as they say, is history.

Romeo was indeed smitten. As he watched Juliet dance, he said he had never seen a true version of what, until that night?

Romeo says he never saw true beauty until that night. Of course, he’s talking about Juliet’s looks, not her dancing prowess.

Since this is a costume feast, what did Romeo and Juliet wear?

Juliet’s simple gauze-like dress is capped by a pair of angel wings. Meanwhile, Romeo is the knight without a horse or sword, just purity of heart.

When Romeo and Juliet playfully chased each other, they ended up kissing for the first time inside this type of enclosure.

Romeo and Juliet are obviously attracted to each other deeply. So they end up kissing in the elevator, because they can’t help it!

When Juliet finds out about Romeo's lineage, she quips, "My only love sprung from my only” ________.

“My only love sprung from my only hate,” lamented a lovelorn but wistful Juliet. Oh, why do feuds have to happen?

When Romeo saw Juliet in her room’s balcony, he likened her to a heavenly body. What was this heavenly body?

"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun," Romeo says. This began Shakespeare's famed balcony scene, reinvented here by Luhrmann.

Pondering over her new-found love's first name, Juliet compares it to what flower?

"What’s in a name?” Juliet asked. She continued with this classic line: "That which you call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet."

Luhrmann reinvented the balcony scene, substituting some scenes to be enacted in this kind of space.

Perhaps Baz wanted to be so different from the rest of the "Romeo and Juliet" depictions, that he didn’t let the balcony scene take place solely up there. He chose to do it at the ground level, at the pool below the balcony. Nice!

In another modern reinvention of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," the opening and closing narration was delivered, not by a story narrator, but in this media form ...

The opening narration, as well as the closing, was delivered through a typical television news broadcast. It's similar to the nightly news recap TV news programs do. Smart!

Since the passionate lovebirds wanted to up the romantic ante, Romeo asked his priest friend to perform this ASAP.

Juliet sneaks out to “go to confession,” but it turns out that Romeo had arranged for them to get married. So they did! Oh, kids.

In another tension-filled encounter between the Capulet and Montague boys, Tybalt slashed Mercutio. Before dying, Mercutio asked that this thing descend upon the families.

"A plague on both your houses” is one of the more popular quotes to come out of "Romeo and Juliet." Mercutio says this before dying. In turn, Romeo kills Tybalt for revenge.

What happens to Romeo after he kills Tybalt?

Romeo is banished from Verona after he kills Tybalt. But the priest helps him and Juliet to execute a plan to secretly get together.

Juliet conspired with the priest to escape a forced marriage to Paris, so she could be with Romeo. What did she do?

Juliet drinks a form of poison to make everyone believe she died. But when the poison wears off, she’ll rise again.

Romeo misses a memo and sees the “dead” Juliet, thinking she's really gone. Overcome by grief, he does this to himself.

Romeo felt hopeless after seeing Juliet "dead," so he drank real poison to join her in the afterlife. When she wakes up and sees how Romeo died, Juliet shoots herself to be with him in the afterlife. Tragedy indeed!

This classic 1980s Prince song was used as a church song in the film.

It’s chilling to hear "When Doves Cry" performed by the church choir. Prince must have been so proud.

The stylized reinvention of "Romeo and Juliet" is also evident in the soundtrack. In the costume feast, a drag show performance was executed to the tune of this disco ditty.

Upbeat disco music like "Young Hearts Run Free" was performed heavily throughout this film.

Having the pop singer who made a song famous appear in a film to sing her own song is common in films. Des'ree, who was part of the costume feast, sang her song ...

"Kissing you" becomes a sort of anthem for whenever Romeo encounters Juliet.

What types of imagery could be seen in this film?

Catholic images were seen throughout this film. Statues of the Virgin Mary, the cross, pictures of Jesus, etc., are seen everywhere.

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