English Quiz: Macbeth Act 1 and Adverbs

What does “fair is foul, foul is fair” mean? It means the witches are going to reverse good and bad
What is the purpose of scene i? This scene is to give some context and foreshadow what will happen
Where is the first appearance of the “blood” motif? When Duncan asks “what bloody man is that”
About how old do you guess Malcolm is? (a casting decision for the actor). Explain your answer. He is a prince so he needs to be a teenager
What do the Sergeant’s comments indicate about Macbeth as soldier and leader? Macbeth is a violent but good-natured soldier and a good, noble leader.
“Though his bark cannot be lost/ Yet it shall be tempest-tossed” What do these lines indicate about the extent of the witches’ power? The witches can’t kill, they can make people suffer though
Why does Macbeth start upon hearing the witches’ prophecy about him? Macbeth has been thinking about it and the witches read his mind
How does Banquo react to the witches’ prophecy about him? Banquo was suspicious but doesn’t physically react
What does Macbeth mean by “Present fears are less than horrible imaginings”? Things that actually threaten Macbeth are less scary than the thought of killing Duncan.
What sounds announce the entrance of a royal personage? trumpet fanfare
The words “He was a man on which I built an absolute trust” signify what kind of irony? What action should accompany their utterance? Duncan built trust on Macbeth when Macbeth is thinking about killing him. Duncan’s realization of Macbeth’s intentions would remove the dramatic irony.
When Duncan says “My plenteous joys seek to hide themselves in drops of sorrow”? What should the actor playing Duncan be doing? The actor playing Duncan should appear serious because he is giving power to Malcolm, he needs to cry
When Duncan says “We will establish our estate upon/ Our eldest Malcolm” how should the actor playing Macbeth react? What should he immediately do? Macbeth should appear surprised or taken back because it makes the witch prophecy seem initially wrong
When Macbeth says “The Prince of Cumberland!” how should the actor say this line? Macbeth should sound upset and surprised
How should Lady Macbeth be reading the letter from Macbeth? She is enthusiastic then scared
When the Messenger says “The King comes here tonight” and Lady Macbeth says, “Thou’rt mad to say it!” in what tone of voice should she says this line? She should sound alarmed
What is the significance of the raven sound effect? The raven shows that Lady Macbeth is driving force behind Macbeth wanting to kill Duncan
When Lady Macbeth wonders about the king , “And when goes hence” Macbeth replies “Tomorrow, as he purposes.” In what tone of voice should Macbeth say this line? Macbeth should be earnestly somber because he is not sure he wants to kill Duncan
When Duncan says” this castle hath a pleasant seat; the air/ Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself/ Unto our gentle senses” what kind of irony is present? Duncan complements Macbeth, the man who wants to kill him. He calls the house of a future murderer pleasant.
What does “The temple-haunting martlet” signify? They are referring to Macbeth’s castle being a safe place, even though it isn’t
When Lady Macbeth says to the king “All our service /In every point twice done and then done double” what sort of “double” does she have in mind? She means that doing everything they’ve done again wouldn’t be enough for the throne, she intends to double cross Duncan
What 3 reasons does Macbeth give for not killing Duncan? They are kinsmen, he is his guest and must protect him as a host, and he is a good king so it is unjustified
When Macbeth replies to his wife” I dare to all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none” how does Macbeth say this: pleadingly? Mildly? defensively? Angrily? He is defensive; he says he is more daring than if he killed Duncan
Lady Macbeth has been angry. How does her tone change here? “But screw your courage to the sticking-place/ And we’ll not fail.” She becomes less angry and more confident
What is Macbeth’s tone as Act I ends? Macbeth is somber because he knows he must kill Duncan
What is the purpose of an adverb clause? To answer a question
What is the purpose of an adjective clause? To describe a noun
What do all clauses contain? A subject and a verb
What kind of clauses are adjective and adverb clauses? Subordinate clauses
How can you tell is a clause is a subordinate clause? Subordinate clauses do not contain enough information to be their own sentence
T or F: adjective clauses begin a sentence? false
What must follow an adverb clause when it begins a sentence? a comma
What gets the emphasis in a sentence? the first word more than anything, however the first clause will get the most emphasis compared to other clauses
What is the basic order of things in an English sentence? Subject, Verb, Object

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