Pupils who had studied Macbeth were asked to write a piece taking a "lighthearted look at fictional villains".Here are some additional questions from John Derbyshire courtesy of The Corner.
Another question asked: "In Twelfth Night, what the characters wear and how they look affects how other characters react to them. How important is what you wear? Write your views as if contributing to a piece in a teenage magazine."
A third asked: "In Henry V, Henry gives a number of speeches to encourage his troops. Imagine you are the captain of a sports team facing an important match and you want to speak to everyone to persuade them to do their best. Write your speech."
King Lear-------This is about an old guy whose daughters are unkind to him. Do you ever have bad feelings about your own parents?
Othello---------A person of color, Othello is maliciously deceived into thinking his wife has been unfaithful. In what other ways have persons of color been mistreated in Western society?
Julius Caesar---There is a famous speech (no need to bother reading it) in which Caesar's friend skilfully whips up a mob to anger. Isn't this just like the demagoguery of so-called "talk radio" and Fox News Channel? Have you yourself ever felt angry listening to someone on TV?
Macbeth---------This play has some WAY cool witches in it. Describe any encounters you may have had with Wiccans, or other practitioners of alternative religions.
Richard III----------Contains the famous line: "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" What did people use horses for in olden times? Try to think of lots of uses.
The Tempest----------It's about a magician who lives on an island with some other people, including a special person called Caliban. Describe your own experience of special people. Does your school have any programs to help special people?
Antony & Cleopatra---Have you ever been bitten by a small animal? Describe the experience...