Macbeth

Where is Act V set? Dunsinane
The witches open the play. What is the mood of that scene? spooky
Why does Macbeth envy Malcolm? Duncan names him his successor
Why does Macbeth feel he should not murder the king? He is a good king and is his guest.
At the beginning of the play, Scotland is at war with what country? Norway
What kind of king is Macbeth? Tyrannical
What explanation does Lady Macbeth give for Macbeth’s behavior at the banquet? He is ill.
Which apparition is seen by someone besides Macbeth? the witches
In what country is Macbeth set? Scotland
Who speaks the last lines of the play? Malcolm
Who sees the witches with Macbeth the first time? Banquo
In Act I, after a successful battle, how is Macbeth treated? as a hero
What weakness of Macbeth’s worries Lady Macbeth? kind nature
Who find Duncan’s body? Macduff
What do the three apparitions look like? armed head, bloody child, child with tree in hand
Why does Macbeth kill Duncan’s two body guards? to show others his love for the murdered king
What ails Lady Macbeth toward the end of the play? Her conscience drives her insane.
What’s the purpose of the porter’s scene? comic relief
Earlier in the play, what is Lady Macbeth’s motive? power and money of the queen
Which murders are the least beneficial to Macbeth? Lady Macduff and children
If he were to murder Duncan, what is Macbeth afraid of? consequences
What part do the witches play in Macbeth’s first plans? plant the idea in his mind
What is the name of Banquo’s son? Is he assassinated with his father? Fleance; no
The former thane of Cawdor was what? a traitor
Does Banquo’s son become king after Macbeth’s death? no, Malcolm does
Malcolm invades from which country? England
Who kills Macbeth? Macduff
Who tells Fleance to run for his life? Banquo
Who murders Duncan? Macbeth
In lying about his virtues, Malcolm tests the loyalty of which character? Macduff
Name Duncan’s sons. Malcolm and Donalbain
Are the Macbeths simple or complex characters? complex
What images are associated with Macbeth’s evil side? darkness, night
Why does Lady Macbeth say she could not kill the king? resembles her dad
Which king of England was Shakespeare’s patron and was represented by the apparitions? King James I
Who becomes king immediately after Macbeth? Malcolm
On the march to the castle, what does Malcolm order his men to carry before them? tree branches
Where does Banquo’s ghost appear? banquet at Macbeth’s
Is Lady Macbeth gentler or more poetic than her husband? no, neither have these qualities
Who plans Duncan’s murder? Does this character carry it out? Lady Macbeth; no
What drives Lady Macbeth to sleepwalk? guilty conscience
In the play, does Banquo remain innocent throughout? yes
Who was Shakespeare’s who is represented by the apparitions? King James I
Do the Macbeths care about the people of Scotland? no, only themselves
Who is the man not of women born? Macduff
Who are Malcolm and Donalbain? Why are they suspected in Duncan’s murder? Duncan’s sons; they flee to England and Scotland
How does Macbeth meet his death? with resigned courage
Does Macbeth realize that he is all alone before his death? yes
Who talks of the effect of drinking too much? the porter
What is Macbeth’s reaction when he hears of his wife’s death? accepting
Who is too naive and praises the sweetness of Macbeth’s castle? Duncan
What appears to Macbeth before Duncan’s murder? a floating dagger
What is the “eye of newt”? ingredient in witches’ brew
When does Macbeth give up hope? learns Macduff is not of women born
What does Lady Macbeth think she sees on her hands? bloodstains
After killing Duncan, how does Macbeth treat his subjects? cruelly
Who says, “Thou hast it now – King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised. And fear thou played most foully for it”? Banquo
Who says, “Out, damned spot! Out, I say”? Lady Macbeth
Who says, “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury”? Macbeth

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