Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reading Period 9: Sept 25 - Oct 1: Macbeth Acts IV-V


Read the fourth and fifth acts of Macbeth as found in your textbook, and also "Reading Macbeth" and "On the Knocking At the Gate" in your textbook (pages 251-257).


Art Connection:

Listen to and watch Verdi's opera, Macbeth, on YouTube. Find at least three different productions. Skip around in the videos until you can find at least three different scenes that you recognize what's going on, even though it's not in English. Describe the scenes you watched, comparing different productions to each other. For example, here's a very modern interpretation: 

History Connection:

Both Macbeth and Duncan were real historical characters -- both kings of Scotland in the 11th century. Shakespeare didn't completely make up this story -- of the fourteen kings who reigned between 943 and 1097, ten were murdered. But where did he diverge from reality? Was the real Macbeth a villain or a hero? Research what really happened and write 250 words telling me what Shakespeare invented and what was real. 

Writing Connection:

Pretend you are a trial lawyer preparing a defense of Macbeth in the murder of Duncan and Banquo. Using at least three key points to defend him, write your closing statement to the jury. Use at least 250 words. 


This week's quiz will cover Macbeth's fourth and fifth acts, as well as "On the Knocking at the Gate" by Thomas de Quincey, in your text.

1.What are the three apparitions that give prophecies to Macbeth?  
A. The ghost of Duncan, the ghost of Banquo, the ghost of Fleance.
B. A head, a bloody child, a child dressed as a king.
C. A dagger, a head, a bloody hand.
D. First witch, second witch, third witch.
E. Dunsinane, Forres, Inverness.

2.What are the three prophecies he receives?  
A. 1. Beware Macduff. 2. Worry about Fleance. 3. Ponder Duncan.
B. 1. Beware Macduff. 2. Stay away from Dunsinane. 3. Stay away from women.
C. 1. Beware Macduff. 2. No woman born in Scotland shall ever defeat him. 3. He will not be vanquished as long as Duncan's corpse is in Dunsinane wood.
D. 1. Beware Macduff. 2. No man of woman born shall stand against him. 3. He will never be vanquished until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill
E. 1. Beware Macduff. 2. No man of England shall stand against him. 3. King Edward was not born of a woman.

3.What does this mean? “From this moment, the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand.” (Act IV Scene 1, Macbeth’s final speech)  
A. As soon as I have an idea, I’m going to act upon it.
B. I will never betray my first love.
C. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
D. If I find something in my hand, I'm going to stick it in my heart.
E. Whatever moves me first will move me last.

4.Who says the line: “He has kill'd me, mother:Run away, I pray you!”  
A. Fleance.
B. Banquo.
C. Macduff's son.
D. Duncan.
E. Malcolm.

5.In Act IV Scene 3, Malcolm accuses himself of being insanely lustful, avaricious, criminal, power-hungry, not suited to be king. How does his conversation with Macduff resolve?  
A. He kills himself.
B. Macduff agrees Malcolm should never be king.
C. He takes it all back.
D. The doctor takes him to King Edward for a cure.
E. He accuses himself of being addicted to haggis.

6.What help has the King of England loaned to Macduff in his effort against Macbeth?  
A. 10,000 men and a healing wand of blessing.
B. 10,000 trees that can walk to Dunsinane.
C. 10,000 generals and a sewer, newly built.
D. 10,000 witches and a cauldron, hot.
E. 10,000 men and Siward, Earl of Northumberland, for their general.

7.When Macduff is grieving for his wife and children, Malcolm says, “Be this the whetstone of your sword.” What does this mean?  
A. Let this prevent you from being rash in battle.
B. Let this motivate you to be fierce in battle.
C. Let this teach you that battle serves no purpose.
D. Let this make you feel better after your wounds.
E. Let this convince you to build a fence instead of an army.

8.What is Lady Macbeth worried about, while sleepwalkingin Act V, Scene 1?  
A. She sees an apparition of a witch.
B. She cannot find her husband.
C. She sees ghosts in her bedroom.
D. She cannot find her dagger.
E. She sees blood on her hands.

9.How did Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane?  
A. The trees took up root and marched.
B. The soldiers used branches as cover.
C. The soldiers dressed as trees.
D. The wood was transported in a magical fog.
E. The wood symbolized Macbeth's guilt.

10.How was Macbeth killed by a man not of woman born?  
A. Macduff was out of Scotland's trees resplendent made.
B. Macduff was from his father wholly made asunder.
C. Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripped.
D. Macduff was from a man and goat fastidious clenched.
E. Macduff was out of Duncan's brain conceived and born.

11.Why does Thomas De Quincey say that a poet must "throw the interest on the murderer" instead of the murdered person?  
A. Because the murdered person isn't as interesting.
B. Because murder is wrong, and poets should show that.
C. Because there aren't that many murdered people.
D. Because murdered people can't do soliloquys.
E. Because murderers look better on stage.

12.What is the difference between "sympathy of comprehension" and "sympathy of pity."  
A. "Sympathy of comprehension" means you like the person, but "sympathy of pity" means you just feel sorry for them.
B. "Sympathy of comprehension" means you think the person is wise, but "sympathy of pity" means you think the person is weak.
C. "Sympathy of comprehension" means you understand why the murder is necessary, but "sympathy of pity" means you wish they didn't have to die.
D. "Sympathy of comprehension" means you understand the person, but "sympathy of pity" means you're on their side.
E. "Sympathy of comprehension" means you believe the person is strong, but "sympathy of pity" means they're just pathetic.

13.To what does Thomas De Quincey compare the sound of the knocking at the gate in Macbeth? There are TWO correct answers.   (Choose all that Apply)
A. The walking stick of a devil, climbing up from hell.
B. The crash of thunder after a blast of lightning.
C. The sigh of a woman recovering from a faint.
D. The sound of a book closing at the end of a reading.
E. To the sound of wheels rattling after the silence of a funeral procession.

14.According to De Quincey, what happened in Macbeth while the goings-on of the real world were suspended?  
A. Woods were able to march and men weren't born of women.
B. The witches were able to summon Hecate.
C. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth became fiends and committed murders.
D. The reaction to the murders began, and humanity re-emerged.
E. The gate was silenced, and anyone knocking on it was instantly killed.

15.To what does De Quincey compare Shakespeare's work?  
A. To the great historical works of Bede and Augustine.
B. To the sun and the sea, the stars and the flowers.
C. To the Bible.
D. To the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil.
E. To great works of art from ages past.


Next week in class, your thesis statement and three sources for your research paper are due. I will be giving you a Google document to use for this assignment. Please also check and see whether October 26th is a viable date for you, for our murder mystery party. 

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