English Macbeth Test

What atmosphere is established in scene 1? The scene is filled with witches, thunder, and lightning, which creates a dark and sinister atmosphere.
How does Banquo describe the Witches when he first sees them upon the heath? He calls them “withered” and “wild” in their attire; “That they look not like the inhabitants of the earth;” and that they “should be women…yet their beards forbid him to interpret that they are so.”
Macbeth is reported to be a valiant soldier in Act 1. The line, “Till he unseamed him from the nave to the cops and fixed his head upon our battlements”, paints a different Macbeth. What can you infer from that line? Macbeth is a cold-blooded killer on the battlefield.
In scene 1 the witches say, “Foul is fair and fair is foul.” Which characters do you consider fair or foul? The witches are foul because the are evil. Macbeth and Banquo seem to be fair because of their loyalty and bravery. However, Macbeth reveals his plan to murder Duncan and his character is viewed differently. Lady Macbeth is foul. Macdonwald is foul because he is a traitor. The Captain and Duncan are fair because the Captain fought bravely and the King supports him and is compassionate regarding the Captain’s injury.
Why do you think Shakespeare opened scene 3 with the witches discussing an evil deed they have committed? The witches are capable of creating situations that are evil and destructive. However, their powers are limited as they cannot destroy, but they have the power to create an atmosphere where destruction can easily occur.
What prophesies do the witches make for Macbeth and Banquo? The witches state that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and king. They go on to tell Banquo that his sons will be kings.
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says of Macbeth, “Yet do I fear they nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest way”? Lady Macbeth feels that Macbeth is kind and he may not be able to overcome his fears to kill Duncan. She fears his conscience will override his ambition to be king.
Macbeth is having second thoughts about killing Duncan. What are the reasons he gives? Based on these reasons what does he decide? Macbeth is torn between his ambition and his conscience. He gives several reasons why he shouldn’t kill Duncan. 1) Duncan is his cousin 2) His is a loyal subject to the king 3) Duncan is his friend 4) Duncan has never abused his royal power 5) Duncan is a guest in his home. Based on these reasons, Macbeth decides not to follow through with the murder of Duncan.
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says, “Was hope drunk wherein you dress yourself? Hath it slept since? And wakes it now to look so green and pale”? Lady Macbeth is questioning Macbeth why he has changed his mind about killing Duncan. She is asking him what has happened to his ambition.
What decision does Macbeth make at the end of Act 1? What has Lady Macbeth said to influence his decision? Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to follow through with the plan to murder Duncan. She calls him a coward and less than a man, prodding Macbeth to follow her plan. Macbeth agrees to murder Duncan that night.
What are Banquo’s concerns about the witches’ prophesies? What is Macbeth’s response? He has had bad dreams about the witches and part of what they said has come true. Macbeth says he has not thought about them. Banquo would like to discuss the matter with Macbeth.
What does Macbeth see when Banquo and Fleance leave and what does he say about it? He sees a bloody dagger floating before him. He says that it is only a dream.
What was Lady Macbeth unable to do in Duncan’s chamber? Why? She was unable to kill Duncan because he looked like her father.
What was Macbeth’s reaction when he returned from Duncan’s chamber? What did he say? He was upset and feeling guilt. He said that “it was a sorry sight.” He also stated that he had murdered sleep and he could not say amen when he needed to.
Who was sleeping in the chamber? Why did Shakespeare include that information in the play? Donalbain as sleeping. This puts suspicion on him.
Macbeth is unable to return to Duncan’s Chamber with the bloody daggers. Why do you think he fears going back? He cannot face the murder that he has committed. He feels too much guilt.
What does Lennox say to Macbeth about the previous night? Lennox said that there was a bad storm and he has never seen one this fierce in his life.
Who discovers that Duncan has been murdered? Macduff discovers Duncan’s body.
Why does Macbeth say he has murdered the guards? Macbeth says he murdered the guards because he felt they killed Duncan. He was so angry and grief stricken he could not control his rage.
Why do Donalbain and Malcolm leave? Where do they say they are going? Donalbain and Malcolm because they fear for their own lives. Donalbain goes to Ireland and Malcolm goes to England.
As Act 3 begins, Banquo is reflecting on what has happened to Macbeth. What three events does he state and what does he hope for himself? Banquo says that Macbeth was made King, Thane of Cawdor, and Thane of Glamis. He hopes his sons will be king.
What reason does Macbeth give the Murderers for wanting Banquo killed? What reason does he give for not doing it himself? Macbeth fears for his own life if Banquo lives. Macbeth says that he and Banquo have the same friends and Macbeth would not be able to remain friends with them if he killed Banquo himself.
Why do you think Macbeth does not tell Lady Macbeth about his plan to murder Banquo and Fleance? Macbeth either feels that Lady Macbeth may try to talk him out of the plot, or he wants to have full control and exclude her from this matter.
When Banquo’s ghost enters the banquet, what is Macbeth’s reaction? Macbeth questions who has brought Banquo to the feast and he is very upset.
What does Lady Macbeth say to the guest is the reason for his behavior? Lady Macbeth tells them that he has suffered from this affliction his entire life and to ignore his behavior.
Does Macbeth recognize the ghost? How do you know he does? Macbeth recognizes Banquo and says to the ghost that he should not blame him for the murder, “Thou canst not say I did it: never shake thy gory locks at me.”
What does Hecate say she is going to do to Macbeth? Why does she think he will respond to her? Hecate is going to create a situation that will allow Macbeth to ruin himself. The witches will make a magic potion that will guide Macbeth’s fate by telling him the future. Hecate says mortal men cannot resist knowing the future.
What does Lennox say about Malcolm, Donalbain, and Fleance? Lennox says they have been unjustly accused of murder.
Where has Macduff gone and why? Macduff has gone to England to join Malcolm’s forces to overthrow Macbeth.
What does Lennox hope for? Lennox hopes that Scotland will be peaceful again.
What are the witches doing at the beginning of Act 4? The witches are standing over a cauldron preparing a spell for Macbeth.
What are the 3 main statements made by the Apparitions? The apparitions say: 1) That Macbeth should beware of Macduff, 2) That no man born of woman can harm Macbeth, and 3) Macbeth will not be harmed unless Great Birnam Wood comes to high Dunsinane.
What is the significance of the witches having the apparitions give the information to Macbeth? The apparitions are dressed in such a way to give insight to Macbeth. He is blinded by his quest for power and does not recognize the significance of the appearance.
What does Macbeth decide to do with the information the witches have given him? He plans on going to England to kill Macduff.
What does Lady Macbeth say is the reason for her husband leaving? Lady Macduff feels her husband is scared and is a traitor.
What does Lady Macduff tell her son about his father? How does he respond to her? Lady Macduff tells her son his father is dead. Her son does not believe her.
What happens to Lady Macduff and her son? Lady Macduff and her son are murdered.
Why does Malcolm question Macduff? Malcolm wants to know if Macduff is sincere and that he has not been sent by Macbeth.
What is Malcolm’s reaction to the news? What is Macduff’s Malcolm is enraged by the news of Lady Macduff’s death. Macduff is in shock at first then he vows to seek revenge against Macbeth.
What do Malcolm and Macduff plan to do? Malcolm and Macduff plan on killing Macbeth and restoring the peace in Scotland.
What does the Doctor say to Macbeth about Lady Macbeth’s condition? What is Macbeth’s reaction? The doctor says Lady Macbeth is very ill and he cannot cure hr himself. Macbeth is angry and does not want to be bothered with this information.
What is the Doctor referring to when he says, “Therein the patient must minister to himself?” The doctor is saying that Macbeth is trying to tell the doctor how to cure his patient, Lady Macbeth. When in fact Macbeth is the patient himself.
What does the messenger tell Macbeth he sees coming towards Dunsinane? How does Macbeth respond? The messenger tells Macbeth that trees are moving toward the castle. Macbeth does not believe him at first; then, sounds the alarm for battle.
What does Macduff vow to do to Macbeth and why? Cite an example from Act 5. Macduff vows to ave revenge on Macbeth because of the death of his family.
What difference can you cite between Macbeth’s army and Malcolm’s army? Malcolm’s army is committed to the cause of saving Scotland. Macbeth’s army is fighting for him out of fear they will be killed themselves.
Whom does Macbeth kill in Act 5? Do you feel that is important? Why? Macbeth kills Young Siward. Answers may vary on the second part of the question…The importance of the murder is seen in Macbeth’s response after the murder. He states he cannot be killed by a man born of woman. He feels he cannot be harmed.
What does Macbeth say to Macduff about his mortality? What is Macduff’s response? How does Macbeth react? Macbeth tells Macduff that he cannot be harmed by man born of woman Macduff tells Macbeth that he was ripped from is mother’s womb. Macbeth realizes that the witches have tricked him.
What does Ross tell Siward about Siward’s son? Ross tells Siward his son was killed in Battle.
What does Malcolm say about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? Malcolm says that Macbeth is a “butcher” and Lady Macbeth was a “fiend-like queen”. He also says that Lady Macbeth took her own life.
What title has never been used before in Scotland that Malcolm plans to use on his Thanes and kinsman? Malcolm plans to make the Thanes and kinsman earls.

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