Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reading Period 8: September 18-24: Macbeth Acts I-III


Read the first three acts of Macbeth, which are in your textbook. Pay close attention to the parts that you were assigned to read out in class! If you have a soliloquy, practice it in the mirror.



The three witches in Macbeth have been portrayed in every conventional way imaginable, from green-nosed warty crones to voodoo priestesses, and even some unconventional ways. Can you think of a brand new way to visualize these characters, to make them fresh? Do your own version of Henry Fuseli's 1783 painting. Don't copy his style -- use your own concept. 


Write 250 words about the Globe theater, who its patrons were, how it fit into Renaissance lifestyles, and how it operated.


Rewrite Act I Scene 5 in first person prose from the POV of Lady Macbeth, using modern dialogue between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth where appropriate. So, your piece might begin. "I got a letter from Macbeth today! I was just lingering around the castle, frustrated with our lesser nobility, when this message from my husband really lit up my day..." Etc.


This week the quiz is over the first three acts of Macbeth. You will be asked to interpret some lines, remember some facts, and read some subtext. Use the footnotes to help you! If you need to use an educational site that summarizes the plot for you, or helps you figure out what's going on, that's completely fine.

1.At the beginning of the play, who are Duncan's captains, Macbeth and Banquo, fighting?  
A. Two armies: Norway and the rebel Macdonwald
B. One army: Norway
C. One army: the rebel Macdonwald
D. Two armies: Norway and England
E. Two armies: Ireland and Macdonwald

2.Summarize Act 1 Scene 2.  
A. The Thane of Cawdor will die.
B. Duncan is a great king.
C. Macbeth is a great warrior.
D. The Norwegians had massive numbers.
E. Macdonwald is a villain.

3.The witches give Macbeth some information which is unknown to him, but that the audience already knows to be true. This establishes for the audience their ability to truly prophesy -- what is the information?  
A. That he is Thane of Glamis.
B. That he is Thane of Cawdor.
C. That he will be king.
D. That he will not be king, but his sons will.
E. That he will be happy.

4.What does Macbeth mean by this: “Two truths are told as happy prologues to the swelling act of the imperial theme.” (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 128)  
A. He only understood two of the things the witches told him.
B. Only plays with prologues can have third acts with kings.
C. If there is a king in the first act, then he must be assassinated by the third act.
D. The witches were right about being Thane of Glamis and Cawdor, which means they may be right about being king.
E. He plans to tell everyone the truth about the prophesy, and then be king.

5.What does Macbeth mean by this: “If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me, without my stir.” (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 143)  
A. Nothing is within our control; we are at the mercies of the fates.
B. If I’m supposed to be king, it’ll happen without my doing anything.
C. I'm going to do everything possible to make myself king.
D. There's no such thing as chance, because everything happens for a reason.
E. The only way chance makes a king, is to crown a king by chance.

6.Who dies in Act I?  
A. Macbeth
B. Banquo
C. Duncan
D. The old Thane of Glamis
E. The old Thane of Cawdor

7.What happens between the time Macbeth exits at the end of Act 2 Scene 1 and the time he enters in Scene 2?  
A. He sends a messenger to the king.
B. He confers with Lady Macbeth.
C. He visits the park on his horse.
D. He kills Duncan.
E. He kills Banquo.

8.Who officially discovers Duncan’s body? (Act 2 Scene 3)  
A. Macbeth
B. Banquo
C. Macduff
D. The grooms
E. Fleance

9.What did Macbeth do to cover up the assassination of the King?  
A. Smear the grooms’ hands with blood.
B. Wash his hands of blood.
C. Kill the grooms.
D. Pretend to be surprised and horrified at the body.
E. All of the above.

10.Who fled from the castle after the king was discovered dead?  
A. Lennox and Ross.
B. The two grooms, covered in blood.
C. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
D. Banquo and Fleance.
E. Malcolm and Donalbain, the king's sons.

11.Who does Macbeth tell the murderers to kill in Act 3, Scene 1?  
A. Duncan and Banquo.
B. Macduff and Lennox.
C. Malcolm and Donalbain.
D. Banquo and Fleance.
E. Lennox and Ross.

12.What does Macbeth mean by this? Act 3 Scene 2 Line 45: “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, till thou applaud the dead.”  
A. You won't be able to fully appreciate the murder unless you understand the plot.
B. Better you know nothing of what's going to happen, until it's done.
C. You will stay innocent as long as you don't kill anyone.
D. I can't tell you what's going to happen, because you'll give away the plot.
E. Make sure you appear to be happy, after the murder is accomplished.

13.Where do the murderers in Act 3, Scene 3, set on their victims?  
A. In a park near the castle.
B. In the stable, after the horses have been put up.
C. In Forres.
D. In the victims' bedrooms, when they are asleep.
E. In the castle yard.

14.Why does Macbeth not want to take his seat at the table with the lords?  
A. Lady Macbeth has told him not to sit down at the table.
B. He is worried that there is a plot against his life.
C. There is a ghost sitting in it.
D. He doesn't want to accidentally give away information.
E. He hallucinates a bloody dagger lying on the stool.

15.Why has Macduff gone to England? (Hint: reread Act 3, Scene 6)  
A. To Forres to spread the word of Duncan's assassination.
B. To Inverness to protect Malcolm and Donalbain.
C. To England to avoid suspicion of murder.
D. To England to ask King Edward for help in removing Macbeth from the throne.

E. To Ireland to encourage Macdonwald's supporters to rise against Macbeth.


Next week you need to recite your sonnet, if you didn't this week. You also need to stake your claim on a costume/persona for the Halloween party murder mystery!

In class, we'll read the selected scenes from Macbeth, and we'll play QuizBowl over the list of vocabulary with short definitions.

In two weeks, you'll turn in a list of resources for your research paper. We'll talk about that more as we go along. 

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