Macbeth Act 1 Reading Quiz

Where does the play take place? Glamis, Scotland
What does the witches prophecy state? Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and become king
To whom does Duncan sat his crown will pass? What is his title? Malcolm- Duncan’s elder son and successor
What is the name of Macbeth’s castle? Inverness
What does Macbeth decide must happen to the one Duncan names as next in line for the crown? they must be killed
What does Macbeth call Lady Macbeth in his letter? my dearest partner of greatness
What is one specific thing Lady Macbeth says about Macbeth’s ability to do what is necessary to become king? She worries he is to compassionate and will let his good morals effect his judgement to kill Duncan
What is one of the ways in which Lady Macbeth wishes to transform herself? Once she reads the letter she calls upon spirits to make her completely cruel so she will be able to murder Duncan without change in heart
How does she tell Macbeth to act in front of Duncan and his entourage while they are visiting Macbeth’s castle? look cheerful and undisturbed
What is one reason that Macbeth feels it would be wrong to kill Duncan? Macbeth is Duncan’s kinsman and Duncan has always been kind and trustworthy to Macbeth
What is it that Macbeth says is spurring him on to kill Duncan? he would become king
What does Lady Macbeth say that a real man, faced with the moral conflict Macbeth faces, should do? he should follow his word
What does Lady Macbeth say she would do with the baby she has nursed if she sworn to do it? gash its brains out
What does Lady Macbeth say when Macbeth asks what will happen “if [they] fail”? she says they will not fail
What does Lady Macbeth say they should murder Duncan? She is going to poison Duncan’s chamberlains and then they will be able to murder him while he is unguarded
Based on Lady Macbeth’s steely confidence, what does Macbeth say she should only “bring forth” into the world? only male children

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