Macbeth: Act 1

The witches prophesied that Macbeth would be all of the following EXCEPT• King of Scotland• Thane of Glamis• Thane of Cawdor• Lord of Forres Lord of Forres
The witches prophesied that Banquo would be• Thane of Dunsiane• The forefather of kings• King of Scotland• Conqueror of England The forefather of kings
Lady Macbeth learned of the prophecy of the witches from• her husband himself• a letter from Macbeth• a messenger• Banquo a letter from Macbeth
Lady Macbeth eagerly welcomed Duncan to the castle because she• knew he would give her a handsome present• thought it would provide her and Macbeth with an opportunity to murder him• thought she could protect him from Macbeth• was very fond of him thought it would provide her and Macbeth with an opportunity to murder him
Macbeth was finally persuaded to commit the murder of Duncan by• his fear of Donalbain• his second visit to the witches• Banquo• his wife his wife
The witches. Fair is foul, and foul is fair:Hover through the fog and filthy air. (Sc.i)the witches:• are clever at telling the difference between right and wrong • go out only in bad weather• cause moral standards to be reversed are clever at telling the difference between right and wrong
Duncan. Dismayed not thisOur captains, Macbeth and Banquo?Sergeant. Yes;As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion. (Sc. ii)The sergeant means that• the new assault dismayed Macbethand Banquo no more than sparrows dismay eagles or the hare the lion• Macbeth and Banquo fought desperately, as sparrows against eagles or hares against lions.• Macbeth and Banquo were greatly dismayed by the new assault, like timid sparrows or hares Macbeth and Banquo fought desperately, as sparrows against eagles or hares against lions.
Lady Macbeth. Yet do I fear thy nature;It is too full o’ the milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great;Art not without ambition but withoutThe illness should attend it. (Sc. v)Lady Macbeth, knowing her husband’s character thoroughly is afraid that• Macbeth will try to gain the throne without her help• Macbeth will not attempt to gain the throne unless he becomes stronger and more wicked • Macbeth’s ambition will cause his downfall before he gains the throne Macbeth will not attempt to gain the throne unless he becomes stronger and more wicked
Macbeth. If the assassinationCould trammel up the consequence, and catchWith his surcease success; that but his blowMight be the be-all and the end-all here,But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,We’ld jump the life to come (sc. vii)Macbeth• wants to be sure that there will be no consequences either in this life or in the afterlife • refused to risk the consequences of murder in the afterlife• is willing to risk the consequences in afterlife if he does not have to suffer in this life is willing to risk the consequences in afterlife if he does not have to suffer in this life
Macbeth. He hath honored me of late, and I have boughtGolden opinions from all sorts of people,Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,Not cast aside so soon. (Sc. vii)Macbeth means,• “I want to continue enjoying the honors and esteem I have recently won.” • “People’s good opinion of me is meaningless flattery, because the king has honored me.”• “The king may find out that I have bribed people to speak well of me.” “I want to continue enjoying the honors and esteem I have recently won.”
1. How many witches are there in Act I?A. 1B. 2C. 3D. 4 C. 3
Why was the original Thane of Cawdor executed?A. He cheated on his wife. B. He committed treason against King Duncan and Scotland. C. He killed the Queen. D. He refused to go into battle because he was a coward. B. He committed treason against King Duncan and Scotland.
What do the witches predict? (You may select more than one answer.)A. Banquo’s sons will be kings. B. Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor. C. Macbeth will be King of Scotland. D. Banquo will kill Macbeth. A. Banquo’s sons will be kings. B. Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor. C. Macbeth will be King of Scotland.
Why does Macbeth want to kill King Duncan?A. Duncan is an unfair leader. B. Duncan is old and senile and can’t take care of the country anymore. C. Macbeth wants to be King himself. D. Duncan insulted Macbeth’s manhood. C. Macbeth wants to be King himself.
Who helps Macbeth come up with his plan to kill the King?A. BanquoB. Lady Macbeth C. The Weird Sisters D. Lennox B. Lady Macbeth
True or False: The penalty for treason (being a traitor to the king) is life in prison.A. True B. False B. False
True or False: Macbeth purposefully keeps his plot against Duncan from his wife.A. True B. False B. False
True or False: Duncan announces that he has chosen Ross to be the next king.A. True B. False B. False
True or False: Although he has the ambition to become king, Macbeth verbalizes many good reasons not to kill King Duncan.A. True B. False A. True
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” is said by the Witches. A riddle-like phrase that seems contradictory is also known as a(n) _____________. Paradox
Banquo seems to understand that the witches’ prophecies could lead to trouble, while ___________ can think only about the promise of greatness. MacBeth
Macbeth obviously respects and values his wife as an equal, which he proves by calling her, “dearest _____________ in greatness.” Partner
Lady Macbeth believes that in order to carry out the murder, she must behave more like a _____________. Man
Lady Macbeth says she keeps all promises she makes, and says she would even kill her _____________ if she had vowed to do so. Baby
The witches are sometimes referred to as The Weird Sisters. “Weird” comes from an Anglo-Saxon term, “wyrd,” which means _______. Fate
A(n) ________ is a character’s speech, directed to the audience, that is not supposed to be heard by other characters on stage. Aside

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