Macbeth Act 1-2 Quiz

Banquo describes the witches in 1.3.40-49. What do they look like? raggy and ripped clothing, described like aliens, manly, choppy fingers, bearded faces
What are the witches predictions for Macbeth and Banquo in 1.3? He will be less than Macbeth, but greater and the father of kings, but never a king
Banquo is leery of the witches and warns Macbeth of the “instruments of darkness” in 1.3.135-139. What is his warning? That the witches will back-stab him and betray him
Macbeth’s soliloquy in 1.3.143-155 reveals his confusion regarding the witches. Summarize his feelings. He doesn’t know if he can trust them but their first prediction was right
Duncan says of the traitorous Thane of Cawdor, “There’s no art / To find the mind’s construction in the face” (1.4.13-14). What does he mean? He built trust in him but now he can never trust him again
When Duncan names Malcolm as his heir to the throne, what is Macbeth’s reaction (1.4.55-60)? He is doesn’t want to feel as angry and frustrated as he does
What does Macbeth’s letter to his wife suggest about their relationship? It suggests that he sees her as his partner and his other half. He wants to share his life and his joy with her.
Read 1.5.28-33 and explain how Lady Macbeth sees her role? She feels he is too kind to kill him so she feels she needs to be cruel and push him to do it
During another soliloquy, Lady Macbeth prays to “spirits that tend on mortal thoughts.” Read her “prayer” (1.5.47-61) and explain what she desires. She wants the spirits to take away her words and become “manly”
In Macbeth’s soliloquy on 1.7.1-28 he gives his reasons not to kill King Duncan. List them below. he doesn’t deserve it, people will mourn him, they will praise him after his death, and he doesn’t have a food enough reason
When Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that they “will proceed no further on this business” (1.7.34), she attempts to change his mind. Read 1.7.39-67 and summarize her arguments below. He says that he is a coward and isn’t man enough if he doesn’t do this
Describe Lady Macbeth’s plan to kill the king (1.7.71-82). She planned to drug that guards and then ring the bell for Macbeth to go and kill the king and then frame the guards
Based on 1.5-7, how would you characterize Lady Macbeth? She is cruel, ruthless, emotionless, manipulative
How would you describe Macbeth’s state of mind before the murder? How about after the murder? Before the murder he is hallucinating and after he starts to hear voices and starts to lose it
Has Macbeth changed from the first act? If so, how? In the first act he was humble and brave but now he is a guilty and filled with regret
What does Macbeth mean when he says that he has murdered sleep (2.2.47-52)? He means he will never sleep again
Describe Lady Macbeth’s attitude toward her husband after the murder. Use specific lines as support. She was mad at how shameful he was acting because they were going to get caught
Read 2.2.58-83 and explain how water is used as an image in this scene? Macbeth sees the water as his guilt and crime that he will never be rid of but for Lady Macbeth it is a symbol of how quickly you can be rid of a crime
How does Macbeth justify his murder of the grooms (2.3.127-138)? He says after seeing Duncan that way he couldn’t find it in his heart to not kill them and anyone would have done the same
In the conversation between Ross and Macduff in 2.4.31-50, both imply that they are suspicious of the events that transpired in Macbeth’s castle. Identify and explain the lines that indicate these suspicions. Macduff won’t go to Macbeth’s crowning because he doesn’t believe in him

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