Macbeth Act 1 Quiz

In what country is the play set? Scotland
Prior to what historical event is the play set? The Battle of Hastings
Who reports the death of Macdonwald? The Sergeant/Captain (same person)
Who is the traitor stripped of his title and executed for treason? The Thane of Cawdor
What foreign king aided the rebellion? The King of Norway
What three prophesies are foretold to Macbeth? Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, King of Scotland
What three prophesies are foretold to Banquo? Lesser than Macbeth, but greater; not so happy, yet much happier; his sons will become kings
How is Macbeth’s first prophecy true? His father died and he inherited his title
How does Macbeth’s second prophecy come true? The Thane of Cawdor is executed for treason and Duncan bestows the title upon him
Who is named Duncan’s successor? His son, Malcolm
By what title shall this successor be known? The Prince of Cumberland
What are the three reasons Macbeth has for not committing the murder of Duncan? Duncan is his relative and Macbeth is his subject (double trust); Duncan is a guest in his house; Duncan has been a good and just king
What is Macbeth’s only reason for committing the murder of Duncan? His ambition
How will Macbeth get past Duncan chamberlains? Lady Macbeth will get them drunk
How will Macbeth kill Duncan? He will stab him with the guards’ knives
To whom do these weapons belong? Duncan’s guards
Which character is the “bearer of news” or messenger? Ross
Which three speech patterns has Shakespeare used in the dialogue of Act I? Blank verse, rhymed verse, and prose
In Act I there are references to deceptive appearances. Please state three instances of the references and explain the references meaning. Macbeth’s face versus what’s in his heart: his face must not reveal his true malevolent intentions of killing DuncanDuncan thought that the Thane of Cawdor was a loyal person, but he was really a traitor (Duncan was not the best judge of character)The exterior of Macbeth’s castle looked warm and inviting, but the friendly appearance was a mask hiding to horror of what will happen inside (Duncan’s murder)
What is the purpose of introducing the witches at the beginning of Act I? Why are they not introduced later? They represent the supernatural and Shakespeare was flattering his patron, James I (he wrote a book about witches). The witches serve a foreshadowing purpose as well, which is why they are not introduced later.
In Act I, Macbeth says, “Why do you dress me in borrowed robes.” Explain the circumstances surrounding the line and the meaning of the line. In the context of the play, Ross had just told Macbeth that he is the Thane of Cawdor, but Macbeth had not heard of the news of the previous Thane’s treason. Macbeth is confused at being called the wrong thing (Thane of Cawdor)
References are made to “fair is foul and foul is fair.” Which two characters of groups of characters make these references? What is the meaning of each characters or groups remarks? The witches are the first to use the line; what is beautiful to them is ugly to humanity (reversal of morality). Macbeth is the second person to use the phrase; he describes the day of the battle as both foul and fair (it was fair because of the glory the victory brought Macbeth, but was foul because of the violence and bloodshed in the battle)
There are several anachronisms within Act I. What are they and why is each an anachronism? Golgotha: Scotland was a pagan country at the timeCannons: cannons were not invented in the Anglo-Saxon time period

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