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Macbeth is among the best-known of William Shakespeare's plays, and is his shortest tragedy, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It is frequently performed at both amateur and professional levels, and has been adapted for opera, film, books, stage and screen. Often regarded as archetypal, the play tells of the dangers of the lust for power and the betrayal of friends. For the plot Shakespeare drew loosely on the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland by Raphael Holinshed and that by the Scottish philosopher Hector Boece. There are many superstitions centered on the belief the play is somehow "cursed", and many actors will not mention the name of the play aloud, referring to it instead as "The Scottish play." (From
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An assignment for 9-10th graders focusing on character development.

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Homework #1

This play starts with three witches talking under thunder and lightening. This creates a _______________ mood: 
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Which of the following lines does NOT contain a simile? 
Thane is a Scottish title of nobility 
What does Ross tell Duncan about the war? 
The First Witch is upset that a sailor’s wife wouldn’t share chestnuts with her. The witch plans to get revenge on the wife by 
In Macbeth’s statement (his first line in the play) “So foul and fair a day I have not seen,” the term “foul and fair” exemplifies which of the following literary devices? 
Which of the following do we NOT learn about the witches from this passage? 
What do the witches foreshadow? 
What does Banquo think of the witches? 
What do you think about the witches… Are they messengers of truth, or are they leading Macbeth toward uncertain doom? Explain your answer using evidence from the text. 
Standard 9-10.3 Macbeth Quiz