English Test Macbeth

Who do the witches want to meet in Act 1, Scene 1? They want to meet MacBeth to tell him his prophecy.
What information does the Sergeant inform King Duncan? How does Macbeth behave in battle? The Sergeant informs King Duncan that MacBeth has defeated the enemy. MacBeth slayed on the battlefield.
What has the thane of Cawdor done in this battle? What will happen to him? Who will receive his title? The thane of Cawdor has died, by MacBeth and now MacBeth will become thane.
Describe what the witches look like based on Banquo’s description. He describes them as dirty, no life, shaggy clothed women, that abuse their power.
What do the witches tell Macbeth and Banquo? Macbeth – You shall become kingBanquo – You will have kings
What does Ross tell Macbeth, and how does Macbeth react or respond? Why? They reveal MacBeth’s new position to him (call him thane of cawdor/glamis, and king).
How does Banquo react to the witches’ prediction? How does this reaction indirectly characterize him? What does he advise Macbeth about “instruments of darkness”? Banquo does not believe the witches until they are correct in predicting Macbeth’s role as thane of Cawdor. Banquo isn’t very superstitious about the situation until it is shown to him.
Why does Shakespeare include information about what the former thane of Cawdor has committed and the consequences of those actions? What may this information foreshadow? What is King Duncan’s reply? The former thane of Cawdor committed treason and fought with the enemy, which resulted in his death. If MacBeth betrays his allies and commits treason he will die aswell.
Macbeth says, “Stars, hide your fires. Let not light see my black and deep desires.” What does Macbeth desire? He desires to become king no matter what it takes.
What is Lady Macbeth’s opinion of her husband? Why? How and why does she want to help him? She knows that MacBeth wants to become king and that he is ambitious about this goal so she wants to help him clear the line before king.
What does Lady Macbeth’s pray to the spirits for, and how does this monologue indirectly characterize her? She prays for her mercy and sympathy to be lifted from her femininity so that she can step up and do whatever it takes to help MacBeth.
What strategy does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth? She persuades MacBeth to kill Duncan in order to become king.
What specific reasons does Macbeth list for why he shouldn’t kill King Duncan? It would be mass treason to murder the leader of their country, and the Thane of Cawdor’s treasonous acts ended fatally.
How does Lady Macbeth successfully convince Macbeth to her plan? What does she insult or question? She calls him a coward which urges him towards committing the killing of Duncan.
What is Lady Macbeth’s plan? What are the good and bad aspects about it? To kill Duncan! It is good because MacBeth will become king but it is bad because it is murder.
What does Banquo say to Macbeth about the witches’ prophecy? What is Macbeth’s reaction? He is suspecting that MacBeth cheated his way to the throne, and that his own prophecy may come true.
What does Macbeth see at the end of Act 2, Scene 1? What does Macbeth mean when he refers to it as “a dagger of the mind” He sees a dagger that is not there. This hints as to what MacBeth is thinking of which is murder.
At the beginning of Scene 2, why does Lady Macbeth say that she can’t kill King Duncan? How do you interpret this quotation? For example, does this revelation make her more villainous or cowardly? She said that he looked like her father. This shows as either an excuse or a fear that Lady MacBeth has towards the situation. It makes her more cowardly.
When Macbeth returns from the murder, what does he say that he heard from the guards? Why can’t Macbeth say “Amen” after he returns from killing King Duncan? What is Lady Macbeth’s response to this? MacBeth cannot say amen after the murder because he had killed Duncan.
What does Macbeth mean when he says he hears someone say, “Macbeth does murder sleep”? MacBeth’s mind is getting back at him for murdering a defenseless person.
In the porter’s soliloquy in 2.3, the porter pretends to be the porter of hell’s gate. Why is this reference to hell appropriate given what has happened at Inverness? The dark nature of the murder within the chambers while everyone sleeps is very extreme. It gives a new tone to the situation and helps understanding of how bad MacBeth’s previous action was.
The porter’s monologue and his conversation with Macduff is supposed to act as comic relief even though the revelation of Duncan’s murder is about to be apparent. Do you find his monologue or him to be funny? Why or why not? Kinda, but at the same time he is relaying some useful information.
How does Lennox describe the night? He describes the night as unruly, windy, with strange screams of death.
Macbeth uses various metaphors and euphemisms (inoffensive or indirect expressions) for Duncan’s murder. List at least one and explain why Macbeth does not directly say the word “murder.” He doesn’t directly say the word murder to emphasize that such a crime cannot be described only by the simple term that is “murder”.
To Lady Macbeth, Macduff says, “Oh, gentle lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition in a woman’s ear, Would murder as it fell.” What is ironic about Macduff’s statement? She already knew what had happened and that it was indeed murder, and she fell down later on to distract the conversation.
What story does Macbeth give for why he killed King Duncan’s guards? Why did he really kill them? He says that he killed them out of rage for killing Duncan, but he really killed them because they would get in the way.
When Malcolm and Donalbain hear of their father’s murder, they flee. Where does each brother go? Why is this both a wise and foolish decision? Malcolm went to England, and Donalbain went to Ireland. It is a wise decision so that they will not be murdered because of potential king position succession. It is foolish because it leaves their father’s murderer as the king.
Does Ross believe that Malcolm and Donalbain are to blame for King Duncan’s death? Why or why not? No he doesn’t believe this, he thinks that the two sons killing their father would be impossible.
What does Banquo think about Macbeth’s ascension to the throne as the king of Scotland? He thinks that it is fishy, and that he may have cheated his way to the throne.
How does Banquo feel about his prediction now that he sees that the witches’ predictions for Macbeth have now come true? How does Banquo feel about his prediction now that he sees that the witches’ predictions for Macbeth have now come true?
What qualities does Macbeth say that Banquo has that make him someone to be feared? Do you agree or disagree with Banquo? Why? Banquo is very noble and is a powerful adversary, as well as the fact that he wants his kids to become king.
Who does Macbeth want to kill next and why? He plans on killing Fleance, but his murderers kill Banquo while Fleance runs away.
How does Macbeth plan to kill his next victims? Who will assist him and how is he able to convince them to do what he desires? He wants to kill the MacDuff family next.
Paraphrase in your own words what Lady Macbeth says in 3.2.4-7. She will wait until he is available and that it is better to be destroyed to destroy someone else and worry about the consequences.
How has the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changed? Why? Lady MacBeth went from influencing MacBeth to do these bad things to being fearful of her husbands next move.
Why doesn’t Macbeth tell Lady Macbeth his plans? He’s afraid that she will intervene or influence him out of his plan and ruin it.
What happens when the murderers attack their victims? They kill Banquo, but Fleance escapes.
Note that when the murderers return to inform Macbeth of what has happened, Macbeth never uses the word “murder.” What other metaphors does Macbeth state instead of “murder” and why? “There as the serpent lays”, He does not say murder because he does not realize his part in the murder of Banquo.
Macbeth says, “The worm that’s fled / Hath nature that in time will venom breed, / No teeth for the present” (3.4.30-32). Explain this metaphor. Who is Macbeth referring to and why? This means that Fleance will eventually have kids that may also inherit the throne.
Who or what does Macbeth see at the banquet table? What Lady Macbeth say to their guests about Macbeth’s behavior? He sees Banquo’s ghost, and Lady MacBeth blames it on a mental issue.
Besides Banquo, who is missing from the Macbeths’ banquet? How does Macbeth hear some of “the rumors”? MacDuff isn’t there because he is suspicious of MacBeth’s cruel acts.
What are Lennox’s thoughts about Macbeth, Fleance, and Duncan’s sons? Why? He thinks that MacBeth is a murderer, and he thinks that Fleance and Duncan’s sons are innocent in being accused of killing their fathers.
How has Macduff disgraced Macbeth? What do you predict Macbeth will do in response to his action in Act 4? He didn’t show up to his gathering. It makes me feel that he will try to kill MacDuff due to his possible suspicions.

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