I don't mind helping you out, but it hurts my heart to just give out the answers because I love Shakespeare so much. So I'm just going to try to help you understand better and keep my fingers crossed that you will still go back and read it again once I've gotten you started! (Have you tried watching one of the movie versions? It helps. I like the Leonardo Dicaprio one.)
1. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet.
2. Juliet is a young woman trying to find her place in the world. She's only 13 and Count Paris already wants to marry her. She wants to please her family but she also wants to follow her heart.
3. The main problem of the play is that Romeo and Juliet are in love but their families are sworn enemies. They can't bare to be apart but they know that everyone will be fighting against them being together.
4. Romeo sneaks into a ball that Juliet's family is holding and that is where they meet. They fall in love pretty much instantly and decide to get married. Their families don't know anything about this, but Juliet's cousin Tybalt does know that Romeo crashed the party. He's mad about that so he challenges Romeo to a duel. Romeo refuses to fight him because he considers Tybalt to be family now. Fed up with the insults, Romeo's friend Mercutio decides to fight Tybalt instead on Romeo's behalf. Tybalt kills Mercutio and so Romeo goes crazy with revenge and kills Tybalt. Because he killed Tybalt, Romeo is banished. In order to be with Romeo, Juliet comes up with a plan (along with the friar who married them) to pretend to be dead. She takes a poison that makes her fall into a deep sleep that looks like death. The friar tries to send a message to Romeo that she is not really dead so he can come and collect her and they can run away together. The tragic ending is that Romeo never gets that message. Instead he believes she is truly dead, and kills himself by drinking poison right over her "dead" body. She wakes up, sees his dead body and stabs herself so that she can be with him forever in the after life. After awhile the two families discover the bodies and figure out what happened. They regret their stupid feud but it is too late.
It's a great story if you can get into it.
I'm an english major in college and a big Shakespeare fan