Macbeth Act 1 Quiz

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair;/Hover through the fog and filthy air” (1.1.12-13) Character: witchesPartner: other witchesCircumstance: The witches meet before a bloody battle begins. They look forward to flying over the batttle to collecting severed body parts to place in their stew and plan to meet with Macbeth afterword, in the heath. FF: With these words, the witches wish to empower each other to create chaos.
“A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap/ And munched and munched and munched. “Give me,” quoth I. /”Aroint thee, witch,” the rump-fed runnion cries./ Her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ th’ Tiger;/ But in a sieve I’ll thither sail,/ And, like a rat without a tail,/ I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do (1.3.8-11).” Character: First WitchPartner: other two witches; Second and Third WitchCircumstance: As they planned, the witches meet in the heath after the battle. While they wait for Macbeth to arrive they recount all the evil actions they’ve preformed in the last few days. It turns into a contest, each witch trying to prove that they’re the most mean.FF:Impress the other witches with their evil deeds
Glamis and Thane of Cawdor!”The greatest is behind… Thanks/for your pains” (1.3.126-127). Character: MacbethPartner: Part aside and part to Ross and Angus (the king’s servants)Circumstance: After Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king and Thane of Cawdor, Ross and Angus(the king’s men) bring him the news that as a reward for fighting so well in battle, he will indeed be anointed thane of Cawdor. FF:Inspire his own ambition to be king
“What bloody man is that? He can report,/As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt/The newest state” (1.2.1-3). Character: DuncanPartner: Malcolm, CaptainCircumstances: A battle between the Vikings and Scotland wears on, while the fragile King of Scotland, Duncan, waits on the sidelines with his son, Maclolm. When a bloodied soldier leaves the battlefield, Duncan haranges him with questions about the progress of the war.FF: He wants the captain to answer his questions so he can figure out what’s going on in the war.
“Might yet enkindle you unto the crown,/ Besides the Thane of Cawdor. But ’tis strange./ And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/ The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/ Win us with honest trifles, to betray ‘s/ In deepest consequence.—/ Cousins, a word, I pray you” (1.2.133-139). Character: BanquoPartner: MacbethCircumstances: Recently, witches told Macbeth that he will becomes Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. Miraculously, within minutes Ross and Anges show up, giving Macbeth the title. Consequently, Macbeth believes that the witches prediction could be correct. Banquo senses this change in and knowing Macbeth, fears that he will do something impulsive immiedaly without thinking it through. He warns him to be careful, because evil predictions often cause more harm than good.FF: Banquo wants to slow an impulsive Macbeth down, in order to protect him from getting into trouble or doing something that could get him killed .
“There’s no art/ To find the mind’s construction in the face./ He was a gentleman on whom I built/ An absolute trust” (1.4. 13-16). Character: DuncanPartner: Malcolm, Macbeth, BanquoCircumstance: Today, Duncan has gathered many of his men together to announce who is heir to the throne. He chooses, his son Malcolm. Duncan’s most trusted man was the Thane of Cawdor. Recently, this man betrayed Scotland, by siding with their opponents, the Vikings, in a brutal battle. Duncan, an already fragile king, is afraid that his subjects will lose faith in his leadership abilities, and blame him for the Thane’s treachery because he completely did not see anything coming. FF: Duncan is fighting to convince himself and others that the Thane of Cawdor’s rebellion was not his fault.
Stars, hide your fires;/ Let not light see my black and deep desires./ The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be/ Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see” (1.4.157-160). Character: Macbeth Partner: Apostrophe, Macbeth directs his pleas to the stars and his eyesCircumstances: The king gathers all the thanes to his castle to announce who will take the throne after his dies. Most of the men, including Macbeth, believe that Macbeth become crowned king. Unfortunately, the position goes to Duncan’s son, Malcolm. As Macbeth leaves he realizes that to become king he must committ murder.FF: Macbeth wants the stars to turn off their fires so others and he himself cannot witness his terrible crime
“Yet do I fear thy nature;/It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness/To catch the nearest way”(1.5.16-18). Character: Lady MacbethPartner: The Absent MacbethCircumstances: Lady Macbeth just received a letter stating that witches prophesied that Macbeth would become king, as they couple always hoped, and that Duncan (the current king) is coming to dinner. She knows that this is the perfect opportunity to kill Duncan so Macbeth can have the throne. However, she fears that he will be unable to do as he must because his is too kind.FF: Hence, she tries to a accumulate the strength she needs to do what needs to be done, and become a man, because Macbeth is not enough of one.
“O, never/ Shall sun that morrow see!/ Your face, my thane, is as a book where men/ May read strange matters. To beguile the time,/ Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye,/ Your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent/ flower,/ But be the serpent under ‘t” (1.5.71-78). Character: Lady MacbethPartner: MacbethCircumstances: The king pronounces that he will visit Macbeth’s castle at Inverness. Immediately, Macbeth rushes home to tell his wife, who finds it the perfect time to enact their plan. As she prepares for the king, both by cleaning up and figuring out how to slay him, Macbeth displays hesitancy over stabbing Duncan. Firmly, Lady Macbeth reminds him that he must put aside his convictions and strive for what he deserves through trickery and deceit. FF:Lady Macbeth must convince Macbeth that when Duncan visits he needs to look welcoming on the outside, but remember his evil purpose. That way, they can attain power and the great marital relationship that accompanies it.
“This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air/ Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself/ Unto our gentle senses.” (1.6.1-3) Character: DuncanPartner: BanquoCircumstances: Recently, a man Duncan trusted full-heatedly ended up being a traitor. He is afraid that the entire nation blames him for the terrible battle that ensued because he did not see through the Thane of Cawdor’s charade. Proving his abilities as king still exist, clouds his mind, as he travels to Inverness. Simultaneously, the Macbeth’s plan his murder and ask that the atmosphere reeks with “the dunnest smoke of hell”.FF: Duncan tires to convince his subjects that he can read the atmosphere and situations wonderfully.
“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well/It were done quickly” (1.7.1-2). Character: MacbethPartner: Macbeth, he mutters these comments as an aside to himself, but it seems that many voices inside his head argue at the same time.Circumstance: The king joins Macbeth for dinner at Inverness. In secret, Macbeth and his wife hatch a murder plan to finally attain the kingship which they both desire strongly. When push comes to shove, Macbeth feels terrible about killing the king. While eating beside him, he weighs the positives and negatives of going through with the action. FF: Macbeth wants to convince himself that he should just kill the king quickly so he can stop anticipating it and be done with it.

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