Macbeth Initial Reading Quizzes

Macbeth Initial Reading Quizzes
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Photo by Gary Warren, 1973
5 pages of quizzes; 1 page of answers

Why the photo?

It is an attempt to connect with the bloody story. America's obsession for the game of football is so like the Anglo-Saxon passion for war and violence illustrated in Macbeth. Like an Anglo-Saxon, I too appreciated, yea, loved passionately, this violent game! Like Macbeth himself, I decided to "catch the nearest way" in an effort to obtain the status I so longed for. My friend Gary snapped this photo of me in the fall of 1973 while I stood on the sidelines during a game, waiting to get back on offense. Ten minutes later, I was stretched out in agony on the gridiron with a blown out left knee.

These quizzes contain twelve questions for each of the first four acts and ten for Act V. They are intended for use after initial reading of each act of the play. Students should be given some of the questions beforehand. For example, I would ask every student to know exactly who is on stage at the opening of each act. Many other such questions can be posed to direct students' attention as well. For example:

In a scene of Act IV, Macduff's wife argues with two other people. Who are they, and about what are they arguing?

I would also allow students to gather into groups and compare notes on their findings with regard to these questions before requiring them to break out of groups and take their quizzes.

Gene Wohlsdorf

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6 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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