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ACT III
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ACT III - Discussion Questions and Activities

1. As Act III begins Banquo is reflecting on what has happened to Macbeth. What three events does he state and what does he hope for himself?

 

2. What reason does Macbeth give the Murderers for wanting Banquo killed? What reason does he give for not doing it himself?

 

3. Why do you think Macbeth does not tell Lady Macbeth about his plan to murder Banquo and Fleance?

 

4. When Banquo’s ghost enters the banquet what is Macbeth’s reaction?

 

5. What does Lady Macbeth say to the guest is the reason for his behavior?

 

6. Does Macbeth recognize the ghost? How do you know he does?

 

7. What does Hecate say she is going to do to Macbeth? Why does she think he will respond to her?

 

8. What does Lennox say about Malcolm, Donalbain, and Fleance?

 

9. Where has Macduff gone and why?

 

10. What does Lennox hope for?

 

 

WRITE NOW:

The climax of a play or another literary work, such as a short story or a novel, can be defined as (1) the turning point at which the conflict begins to resolve itself for better or worse, or (2) as the final and most exciting event in a series of events. At what point in the play does the climax occur?  Provide evidence that supports your ideas.