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Anticipation Guide: Macbeth
Instructions: Please answer the following questions regarding Macbeth based on your personal opinions, experiences, worldview and/or upbringing. There are no right or wrong answers. Please explain and provide details for your answers (not just a “yes” or “no” response) unless otherwise stated.
- Have you ever given in to temptation? (An explanation is not necessary unless you choose to give one.)
- Do you believe in prophecies?
- Do you believe that everyone is in a personal battle of “good versus evil”?
- How do you decide what is good and what is evil?
- Do you believe in witches? If yes, what is your understanding of witches?
- What is the difference between greed and ambition?
- Do you believe in the old adage, “You reap what you sow” (meaning you get back what you put into the world, good or bad)?
- Do you believe that fate alone directs our lives or our choices/actions?
- You probably would not break your moral code for a stranger, but what about for a loved one?
- If someone prophesized that you would become someone of great importance (i.e., President; a famous, wealthy actor; a King/Queen; etc.), would you wait for it to happen or would you try and make it happen? Explain in detail.
- Do you listen to your conscience (instincts or “gut”)?
- Have you ever experienced the feeling of “guilt”? If so, explain the way(s) you handled the emotion.
These three (3) questions are to learn a little about your reading experience.
- If you encounter words you do not understand while you are reading, what do you do?
- What methods do you use to comprehend what you are reading (i.e., taking notes, gathering and reviewing research from other authors, etc.)?
- Do you ever read for pleasure? If so, what do you read (i.e., books, magazines, newspapers, horror, mysteries, particular authors, etc.)?
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An Anticipation Guide I created for use before beginning Macbeth. It also includes three questions at the end about the students' reading habits (good-to-know information).