'Out, Damned Spot': Meaning & Overview


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What is a motif?

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1. Why does Lady Macbeth 'see' blood on her hands in this scene?

2. What does, 'What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?' mean?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'Out, damned spot!' Why is the line spoken and how does it represent themes explored in Macbeth? These are among the topics you'll need to know to successfully answer the questions posed in this quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of motif
  • Why Lady Macbeth sees blood on her hands
  • The meaning of the line 'What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?'
  • What a theme is

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding why this is an important scene in Macbeth
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what each line in Lady Macbeth's speech means
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how the 'out, damned spot' scene reflects a theme explored in Macbeth

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called 'Out, Damned Spot': Meaning & Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide a short overview of the play Macbeth and the scene discussed in the lesson
  • Reveal the meaning of each line of the 'out, damned spot' speech
  • Define the terms theme and motif
  • Show how Lady Macbeth's speech reflects the play's theme and motif