Macbeth – Question Guide
Act 2, Scene 1
1. What is the cause of Banquo’s sleepless night?
2. Find lines which suggest that in this scene the attitude of Banquo towards the king stands out in contrast to that of Macbeth. 3. What details in Macbeth’s second important soliloquy help to communicate to the audience the intense horror which fills Macbeth’s soul?
Act 2, Scene 2
1. How does Shakespeare create tension near the beginning of this scene? 2. How has the murder affected Macbeth?
3. Explain how the practical nature of Lady Macbeth is illustrated in this scene.
Act 2, Scene 3
1. What purpose is served by the Porter scene?
2. How does Macbeth behave to the others upon hearing of Duncan’s killing? 3. Why does Lady Macbeth faint?
4. What do Malcolm and Donalbain decide to do and why?
Act 2, Scene 4
1. Make references to the importance of the animals in the scene. 2. What does the old man represent?
Act 3, Scene 1
1. What reasons does Macbeth give for fearing Banquo?
2. What reasons does Macbeth want Banquo murdered?
3. Why does he hire murderers to kill Banquo?
4. How has Macbeth changed by the end of this scene?
Act 3, Scene 2
1. Analysis the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth at this point of the play.
Act 3, Scene 4
1. Re-read lines 28-31. What do these lines mean?
2. Why does only Macbeth see the ghost?
3. a) What explanation does Lady Macbeth give to the guests for her husband’s strange behaviour? b) How does Lady Macbeth try to get Macbeth back to normal? 4. Why does Macbeth decide to consult the weird sisters again?
Act 3, Scene 5
1. Who is Hecate?
Act 3, Scene 6
1. What do we learn are the plans for Malcolm and Macduff by the end of this act?
Macbeth – Midterm Essay
The midterm will consist of two parts. The first will be identify the speaker, who/what is the speaker referring to, and what the significance is...
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