10th Grade: H.W.#31, Due Friday, 3/23

  1. Re-read Act IV, scene 2 and read scene 3.
  2. Be prepared to answer study guide questions.
  3. Pick a line with a word or an expression that is unclear to you. Google it. If you find any explanation, record it (printing it out would suffice).

    LOOKING AHEAD: Here is the major assessment for the Macbeth unit. Please put down the dates into your planner. macbethassignment2018

Study Guide Questions

1. In Scene 3, Macduff and Malcolm begin clearly to assume central roles in the play.
a. What is the purpose of Macduff’s visit to Malcolm in England?
b. Why does Malcolm hesitate to accept Macduff’s offer of assistance?
c. How does Malcolm test Macduff’s honesty and integrity?
2. How is Macduff affected by Ross’s news about his family? What is revealed of his character?
3. What progress has been made in the campaign to overthrow Macbeth?
4. What is the meaning of Malcolm’s statement, “Macbeth / Is ripe for shaking”?

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12th Grade: H.W.#31, Due Friday, 3/23

British Literature Class

1. Read pages 196-225.
2. Pay attention to the change in scenery. Be prepared to discuss the following questions (for sure): How does Marian describe Blackwater Park? How does she describe Count Fosco?

Words to memorize.
1. remonstrance: a forcefully reproachful protest. “angry remonstrances in the Senate.” To remonstrate against something.
2. Vexation: 
irritation, annoyance
3. paroxysm: convulsion or sudden fit, brought on because you’re freaking out or coming down with something.

AP Psych and Lit Class

1. Read up to page 173 in Mrs. Dalloway.
2. Have two post-it notes. Make use of a term or concept you’ve encountered in the social psychology articles read so far.
3. Our next and last presentation will be on Monday. Print it out and annotate it by Monday. Health Psychology


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Dear Students,

All homework assigned for Wednesday will be postponed until Thursday. If you find you suddenly have nothing to do, though, I advise that you read ahead now.


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10th Grade: H.W.#30, Due Wednesday, 3/21

1. Read Act IV, scenes 1 and 2.
2. Be able to answer all study guide questions.

Study Guide Questions

1. The behavior and incantations of the witches in the first part of this act serve as a reminder of the ominous world in which the major action of the play takes place – a world produced by the surrender of Macbeth to his evil impulses. What are some of the details in the behavior and spells of the witches which contribute to this effect?
2. In what ways does Macbeth’s speech to the other witches calling on them to respond to his questions show the extent to which he has been driven to monomania (complete obsession with his own evil goals)?
3. Note carefully the first three apparitions which the witches conjure up, and the speeches which these apparitions utter.
a. What is the exact nature of the apparition in each case?
b. What statement does each apparition utter?
c. What is the effect of these statements on Macbeth?
4. As a reader of the play, or as a member of the audience, would you be inclined to share Macbeth’s feelings of success on hearing these prophecies, or would you not? Explain.
5. Describe the fourth apparition that appears to Macbeth. (Note the details as Macbeth describes them in his speech. Scene 1, lines 123 – 135) What effect does this apparition have? How would you summarize the total effect of the four apparitions?
6. What news does Lennox bring to Macbeth?
7. Note Macbeth’s soliloquy on hearing this news. (lines 159 – 170)
a. What change from Macbeth’s earlier character is indicated in the lines, “The very firstlings of my heart shall be / The firstlings of my hand”?
b. How does the intention he expresses in the next lines about Macduff’s family indicate the extent of the change in his character?
8. What  impressions of Macduff and of his wife do you get from her dialogue with Ross in Scene 2?
9. What impressions of Scotland under Macbeth’s rule do you get from Ross’s speech in Scene 2, lines 20 – 25?

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12th Grade: H.W.#30, Due Wednesday, 3/21

British Literature Class:

  1. Read pages 146-161.
  2. Mark places in the text where the author emphasizes the personal costs of Laura’s decision to repress her love for Hartwright. Focus on the way Laura makes her decisions by pinpointing the reason she acquiesces to keeping her commitment to Sir Percival in reaction to his behavior.

AP Psych and Lit Class:

  1. Read Mrs. Dalloway up to page 153.
  2. Notice anything worth discussing on post-it notes (2 at least).

Looking Ahead
Here is your major assessment assignment for Mrs. Dalloway. As you read the rest of the novel, be mindful of the style you’ll need to imitate and begin writing down your plans. First draft is due next Thursday, 3/29.  mrs-dalloway-assignment2018

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10th Grade: H.W.#29, Due Tuesday, 3/20

  1. Read the rest of Act III.
  2. Be able to answer all study guide questions.

  3. Study Guide Questions 

    1.  The stage directions for this “banquet” scene are rather sparse. Keeping in mind that this banquet is probably Macbeth’s first state celebration of his coming to power, what details of costume, stage setting, and lighting would you provide for if you were producing this scene in the theater?
    2.  What action would take place of the stage from the time the scene opens to the time that Lennox says, “May ‘t please your highness sit”? (Scene 4, line 46)
    3.  What is Macbeth’s reaction to the news he receives from the murderer?
    4.  From the dialogue, try to visualize the action on stage from the point where Macbeth first sees the ghost of Banquo to the reappearance of the ghost. (lines 57-109) Explain the actions and behavior of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the guests.
    5.  Try to visualize the stage action that occurs after the ghost reappears (line 109), explaining again the actions and behavior of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the guests. What is the probable effect of Macbeth’s behavior on the assembled guests?
    6.  Which qualities of Macbeth’s character already manifested earlier in the play are revealed again in the banquet scene?
    7.  What qualities of character does Lady Macbeth evidence in this scene? Comment on the probable inner effects of the role she must play.
    8.  Macbeth’s dialogue with Lady Macbeth when they are alone after the guests have left reveals him further caught up in the nightmare world he has created. In this connection, explain the significance of each of the following passages:
      • The speech beginning, “It will have blood….” (Scene 4, lines 144-148)
      • Macbeth’s remarks about Macduff. (lines 150-155)
      • The lines beginning, “I will tomorrow / And betimes I will, to the weird sisters.” (lines 155-163)
      •  Macbeth’s last words in the scene, beginning, “My strange and self-abuse.” (lines 165-167)
    9. How do you account for the fact that Lady Macbeth seems to have so little to say in the dialogue with Macbeth after the departure of the guests?
    10. Does Lennox’s first speech in Scene 6 show him to be a supporter of Macbeth, or hostile to him? Support your answer by specific references to the content of the speech.
    11. What appears to be the attitude toward Macbeth of the lord with whom Lennox speaks in Scene 6?
    12. In general, what do we learn from the dialogue between Lennox and the lord in Scene 6?
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12th Grade: H.W.#29, Due Tuesday, 3/20

British Literature Class

1. Read pages 146-161.
2. As you read, pay attention to the family tree do a small scale Family Tree. We’ll sketch the family tree along with the various amounts of money each person possesses or is to possess upon the death of any member of the family, including Sir Percival.
FYI: 20,000 pounds in 1860 was worth 863,200.00 pounds in 2005. (1333 horses)

AP Psychology and Literature

1. Read up to page 128.
2. Write at least two post-it notes.
3. Re-read the Senior Portrait assignment. It’s time to begin thinking about it. Senior Portraits 2018

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