3Focus QuestionsWhat does it mean when the witches say that they’ll meet again “when the hurley burley’s done/ When the battle’s lost and won”? (Shakespeare ).What two forces were facing each other in battle?How did the Thane of Cawdor betray the king?
4Focus QuestionsWhat are the witches three prophesies regarding Macbeth?How do the witches prophesies set up a conflict between Macbeth and Banquo?
5What conflict is Macbeth experiencing regarding the prophesies? Focus QuestionsWhat conflict is Macbeth experiencing regarding the prophesies?Why is Macbeth upset that fate will make him king?What does Macbeth mean by “borrowed robes”?
6Focus QuestionsWhen reading the letter, what does Lady Macbeth fear regarding Macbeth’s nature or character?
7Focus QuestionsWhy is Macbeth angry with Duncan for naming Malcolm heir?How is Lady Macbeth’s ambition opposite of Macbeth‘s and what does she mean by “unsex me here” when she call upon the evil spirits?How does Macbeth struggle with the prophesy of becoming king in his soliloquy after the king arrives?
8Focus QuestionsHow does Lady Macbeth insult Macbeth after he says he does not wish to kill the king after all?What is Lady Macbeth’s response when Macbeth wonders what would happen if they fail in their attempt to kill the king, and what is her plan to carry out the assassination?
9Focus QuestionsWho are the “weird sisters,” and what are Macbeth’s and Banquo’s concerns regarding them?What prophesies have begun to come true for Macbeth and what potential problems do they create for him?
10Focus Questions for Macbeth Act IIFocus Questions forMacbeth
11Focus QuestionsWhy does the dagger have to lead the way for Macbeth and what does it symbolize?How are Lady Macbeth’s actions different from her husband’s following the king’s murder?Who appears more in control of the emotions? Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?
12Where do Malcolm and Donalbain go? Focus QuestionsWhere do Malcolm and Donalbain go?Where does Macduff tell Ross he’s going?
13Focus Questions for Macbeth Act IIIFocus Questions forMacbeth
14Focus QuestionsWhat are Banquo’s concerns regarding the witches’ prophesies?Why does Macbeth want to know if Fleance is with Banquo?What does Macbeth mean by “fruitless crown?”
15Focus QuestionsHow does Macbeth convince the two men to murder Banquo?What psychological reason causes Macbeth to see the ghost of Banquo?What part of Dramatic Structure does Banquo’s death represent?What are Macbeth’s concerns about Macduff not being at the banquet?
16Focus Questions for Macbeth Acts IV and VFocus Questions forMacbeth
17Focus Questions (Act IV) What are the new prophesies the witches give Macbeth?What is his response to these prophesies, especially in relation to Macduff?
18Focus Questions (Act IV) What plan does Macbeth reveal in his soliloquy?What are Lady Macduff’s concerns about her husband not being home?What is the outcome of Macbeth’s plan?
19Focus Questions (Act IV) What does the physician notice about Lady Macbeth’s behavior?Why do you believe she acts this way?
20Focus Questions (Act IV and V) How large is the English force that is approaching Dunsinane?What advice does Malcolm give Macduff regarding his grief?
21Focus Questions (Act IV and V) What does Macbeth reflect upon regarding what his life should have been?What message does Macbeth get regarding his wife and how does he react to it?
22Focus Questions (Act IV and V) How is Macbeth’s “tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow” soliloquoy existential?What similes, metaphors, and personification are used in his “tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow” soliloquy?
24Focus Questions for Macbeth Act VFocus Questions forMacbeth
25Why does Macbeth initially choose to not kill Macduff? Focus QuestionsHow is each of the witches’ three prophesies fulfilled in the plot’s resolution of main conflict?Why does Macbeth initially choose to not kill Macduff?
26Who is the new King of Scotland? Focus QuestionsWhy does Macbeth choose to fight Macduff once he discovers he was not “born of woman”??Who is the new King of Scotland?