Macbeth act 1 quiz review

What does “fair is foul, and foul is fair” mean Good things can do bad and bad things can do good. a motif that runs throughout the play. At the most basic level, it means that appearances can be deceiving: that which seems “fair” and good is actually “foul” and evil. The best example of this motif is Macbeth himself. At the beginning of the play, King Duncan believes Macbeth to be a loyal servant but Macbeth eventually betrays Duncan’s trust and murders him to steal the throne.
Background The Scottish army is at war with the Norwegian army. Duncan, king of Scotland, meets a captain returning from battle. The captain informs them of Macbeth and Banquo’s bravery in battle. He also describes Macbeth’s attack on the castle of the treacherous Macdonald, in which Macbeth triumphed and planted Macdonald’s head on the battlements of the castle. The Thanes of Ross and Angus enter with the news that the Thane of Cawdor has sided with Norway. Duncan decides to execute the disloyal thane and give the title of Cawdor to Macbeth.
Who is duncan and how is he related to malcolm and donalbain King of scotland; dad of malcolm and donalbain
What did macbeth do while in battle He cuts open Macdowald and puts his head on their battlements; praised for this
What prophecy do the witches give macbeth They call him the thane of glamis, thane of cawdor, and the soon king
What prophecy do the witches give banquo he will never be a king but his kids will
What happened to the former thane of cawdor He was killed because he confronted his crimes
Why is duncan upset about the thane of cawdor and his betrayal He was a gentlemen whom he trusted
why was the original Thane of Cawdor executed? fought on the enemies side of MacDonwald and Sweno the king of Norway, beytraying Duncan.
Why is macbeth upset that malcolm is made prince of cumberland Malcolm now stands between him and the crown; he wanted to be crowned prince. Here Duncan announces that his son, Malcolm, will become the Prince of Cumberland. The Prince of Cumberland in Scotland was the same rank as the Prince of Wales in England, and thus Malcolm is now next in line to the throne.
What does macbeth mean when he says “that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’ erleap” He must either give up the throne to malcolm or he must prevent malcolm from returning and claiming the throne
What does lady macbeth mean by “yet do i fear thy nature. It is too full o the milk of human kindness. To catch nearest way” She fears that macbeth is too good to seize the thrown by murder
What does lady macbeth mean by asking the spirits to “unsex” her She believes she must become more manly in order to have no compassion in her ambitions
How does king duncan describe the castle; why is this ironic It has a pleasant location and welcomes his gentle senses; ironic because macbeth intends to kill him
What does “to be all and to end all” mean Macbeth cant just murder the king because there will be lasting consequences; either becomes king (to be all) or be killed (to end all)
What does “i have no spur to prick the sides of my intenet but only vaulting ambition, which o erleaps itself and falls on the other” Macbeth has no desire to murder, he is only doing it because he’s being ambitious
What is the plan for murdering king duncan They will get the servants drunk and steal their swords and then kill duncan in his sleep
What does macbeth mean when he says “false face must hide what the false heart doth know” He’s portraying he’s innocent although he knows he guilty; he’ll put on a false face and act if everything is normal
Macbeth obviously respects and values his wife as an equal, which he proves by calling her, “dearest _____________ in greatness.” partner

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