Target due: 8/16/19


Which plot element provides background information? (5 points)


Which act of Macbeth contains the climax? (5 points)

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Act 4

Act 5


Which of these lines provides important information for the resolution of the play? (10 points)

O Banquo, Banquo!/Our royal master’s murder’d!

To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done:/The castle of Macduff I will surprise

Hail, king, for so thou art: behold, where stands/The usurper’s cursed head:

And, for an earnest of a greater honor,/He bade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor


Why are these lines from Act IV important in the plot of the play? You must cite from and explain these lines in your response. (25 points)

Ross to Macduff.

Your castle is surpris’d; your wife and babes
Savagely slaughter’d: to relate the manner
Were, on the quarry of these murder’d deer,
To add the death of you.


Using these lines from Act I and Act IV, explain how the Macbeth described in the beginning of the play is different from the Macbeth who is speaking these lines in ACT IV. You must cite from and explain these lines in your response. (25 points)



But all’s too weak;
For brave Macbeth,—well he deserves that name,—
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel,
Which smok’d with bloody execution,
Like valor’s minion,Carv’d out his passage
Till he fac’d the slave;
And ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam’d him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix’d his head upon our battlements.


O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!



Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits:
The flighty purpose never is o’ertook
Unless the deed go with it: from this moment
The very firstlings of my heart shall be
The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done:
The castle of Macduff I will surprise;
Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool;
This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool:
But no more sights!—


Choose an event from the play. Focus on the purpose it serves in the story. Consider how the story would change if that event was altered. Form your ideas into a paragraph of at least five sentences. Make sure to include supporting evidence from the play. Your answer must cite directly from the lines of Macbeth that you read in the lesson.

Some events to consider:

The weird sisters’ predictions for Macbeth and Banquo
Macbeth’s murder of Banquo
The appearance of Banquo’s ghost at Macbeth’s coronation dinner (30 points)

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