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Qs: Shakespeare on CD-ROM; *Macbeth* Questions
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 1014.  Tuesday, 20 December 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Michael Martin <
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        Date:   Monday, 19 Dec 1994 11:46:36 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Shakespeare on CDROM?
 
(2)     From:   Dom Saliani <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 20 Dec 1994 00:00:02 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   Macbeth - Questions
 
 
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From:           Michael Martin <
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Date:           Monday, 19 Dec 1994 11:46:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Shakespeare on CDROM?
 
Hi folks,
 
I'm looking for Shakespeare plays or materials that are available on CDROM.  So
far I've heard of three of them:  Voyager's Macbeth, CMC's textual CDROM, and
something called Shakespeare Quartet.
 
Anyone have suggestions for others.  They don't have to be Shakespeare *only*
but should be strong in the Shakespeare stuff that they have.
 
Please feel free to reply via email, or to the list.
 
Thanks,
--Michael
 
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From:           Dom Saliani <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 Dec 1994 00:00:02 -0700 (MST)
Subject:        Macbeth - Questions
 
I have been a high school English teacher since 1971. During the last 23 years
or so, I have delighted in teaching Shakespeare to my students and motivating
them to get deeper into the texts.
 
One of the most useful tools that I have developed in this regards is something
I call "The ten most difficult questions to answer about the play
______________" (Fill in the blank with the title being studied.)
 
I pose the questions and students are invited to choose one for focus and
study. The end result is not only a research essay but also a position paper.
They must take a stand in regards to the question. I find that this activity
forces them to probe the text and consult secondary sources in their attempts
to answer the question.
 
I started out with about four different questions but over the years, my
students have contributed to my original list with their own difficult
questions that in some cases were better than mine.
 
I am really interested in knowing how SHAKSPER members would respond to these
questions. If you have any strong feelings in regards to any of these
questions, please contact me privately or post your responses for all to share.
 
Here are some of the more difficult questions to answer about the play
*Macbeth*:
 
1.   Who is Bellona's bridegroom? (I challenge students to build
     a case for Macduff.)
 
2.   Why does Macbeth not know about the fate of Cawdor in
     I,3? (Sometimes students combine questions 1 and 2)
 
3.   Are the witches really witches or are they merely
     instruments of fate - weyard sisters?
 
4.   Why does Lady Macbeth never mention the witches?
 
5.   Is there really a basis for the curse of the Scottish play?
 
6.   A number of the scenes seem out of order. In particular, Act
     III, Scene 1 would make more sense if it followed Act IV,
     Scene 1. Are these scenes indeed out of order?
 
I will stop here. I have others but this should suffice for now. Please respond
if you like. I would also appreciate any other difficult questions that you can
think of in regards to *Macbeth*.
 
Dom Saliani
Sir Winston Churchill High School
Calgary, Alberta
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