S4 Questions for Act 2, Scene 2

Macbeth Act 2, scene 2
Remember that you must make reference to specific examples from the text. You must have as much experience as possible of picking techniques from the text. Remember, the techniques you are concentrating on are characterisation, dialogue, stage direction, word choice, tone and imagery. Everything must be linked to ONE theme.

1. What is morally wrong with the way in which Macbeth slaughters Duncan? Why is it evil and unnatural?

2. It could be argued that Lady Macbeth is taking pleasure in the act her husband is committing. Show how through structure and word choice, this tone of enjoyment is created.

3. “Hark! I laid their daggers ready;/ He could not miss ‘em. Had he not resembled/ My father as he slept, I had done ’t.” These lines illustrate two things about Lady Macbeth. Analysing and identifying the techniques used, show what aspects they illustrate.

4. Look at the stage direction which follows this. What motif is metioned for a second time here? Why is this a literal representation of the deed and a metaphorical representation?

5. Macbeth comes in from the murder startled. How do his answers, when questioned by his wife, reflect this?

6. “(looking at his hands) This is a sorry sight.” Show how the word choice, structure and stage direction used here illustrate Macbeth’s horror at what he has just done.

7. “A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.” What does this tell us about how Lady Macbeth feels towards what her husband has done? Is she concerned about how he is coping?

8. One cried, “God bless us!” and “Amen” the other,
As they had seen me with these hangman’s hands.
List’ning their fear I could not say “Amen,”
When they did say “God bless us!”
This illustrates how horrified Macbeth is. What is unnatural about this event and how does it show his departure from what is good and natural? He compares himself to the hangman, what are the connotations of this comparison?
9. Lady Macbeth continually dismisses her husband’s concerns. Find one example of this and show how it differs from Macbeth’s feelings?

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Act 2, scene 3

The porter – Faith, here’s an equivocator that could swear/ In both the scales against either scale, who /Committed treason enough for God’s sake, yet/ Could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator.

Macduff – Confusion now hath made his masterpiece. Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope/ The Lord’s anointed temple, and stole thence/The life o’ th’ building!

Macbeth – Oh, yet I do repent me of my fury,/ That I did kill them.

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Higher Neil Study

Neil’s relationship with Calum
Neil’s anger towards the class-system
Neil’s relationship with Duror
Neil’s sense of vulnerability and betrayal

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Act 1, scene 7 Questions part 2

Act 1, scene 7 Part 2 questions
Remember that if a question asks you to analyse, you must look at character, plot, dialogue, stage direction, word choice and imagery, to make your analysis full and competent. Every single response MUST be linked to theme.

1. Macbeth makes allusions to the opinions he has recently gained. Identify the quotation. In your analysis, look at Macbeth’s use of imagery in this dialogue and say why it is effective.

2. Lady Macbeth attacks in 3 stages; what are they? Say what they are and find a quotation which illustrates each attack, and analyse how they further our understanding of character and theme.

3. Critics might say that in this act, the idea of Lady Macbeth as a transgressive female is explored. Argue at least 2 reasons why this might be the case, examining the use of dialogue in the text.

4. Lady Macbeth’s vivid description of infanticide has what impact on Macbeth?

5. Give reasons why we might describe Lady Macbeth as pragmatic. In your answer, make reference to the dialogue within the text.

6. Who is the more ambitious of the characters? In your answer, make detailed reference to the text.

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Mini Essays for the Cone-Gatherers

Throughout the course of reading ‘The Cone-Gatherers’ you are going to be asked to write a number of mini-essays on different topics.
This is for 2 purposes:
• To ensure you are understanding the text
• To improve your essay writing skills in manageable chunks
Each week you will be given a key skill to focus on while writing and you will be given a question to focus on.
Each essay must have:
• An introduction
• 4 quotations
• A conclusion
• P.C.E.A.R
• each paragraph must link to theme
• each paragraph must RTQ

You MUST refer to the techniques in THE BOX, as shown below:
Answers to questions on prose fiction should address relevantly the central concern(s)/theme(s)
of the text(s) and be supported by reference to appropriate techniques of prose fiction such as:
characterisation, setting, key incident(s), narrative technique, symbolism, structure, climax,
plot, atmosphere, dialogue, imagery

Here are the topics for the next 3 mini essays:
1. In chapter 1 and 2, how does Jenkins establish the sympathetic character of Calum?
Your key skill this week is to RTQ (refer to question)
2. How does Jenkins establish the theme of good and evil in the first few chapters of the text? In your answer, you must pay particular attention to character.
Your key skill this week is linking to theme
3. How does Jenkins establish the conflict between classes within the novel?
Your key skill this week is providing context.

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Act 1, Scene 7 Questions (Part 1)

Remember that if a question asks you to analyse, you must look at character, plot, dialogue, stage direction, word choice and imagery, to make your analysis full and competent. Every single response MUST be linked to theme.

1. He refers to the murder as ‘assassination’. Why is this interesting word choice?

2. Macbeth is willing to face eternal damnation. Give evidence to prove this.

3. ‘return/ To plague th’inventor’. Shakespeare’s word choice her suggests what about Macbeth?

4. Macbeth does not wish to kill Duncan for a number of reasons. Choose 1 and analyse the evidence which shows you this.

5. ‘I am his kinsman and his natural subject.’ How does this line help us to understand the issues Macbeth is having with the theme of natural and unnatural, and deepen our understanding of good and evil.

6. Throughout the soliloquy, Shakespeare uses different example of imagery to make Duncan appear good and innocent. Choose one of these and analyse its impact.

7. What does the word ‘vaulting’ suggest about how Macbeth feels towards his own ambition?

8. The overall tone of this soliloquay could be said to be one of fear and internal strife. Choose examples from the monologue for each of these and illustrate, through analysis, how it shows this.

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Useful Higher Resources for summer…

Below are the useful resources for Higher study over summer:






amazon for the purchase of your class texts

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