Macbeth Act 1 Study Guide

In which country is the play set? Scotland
Who are the first characters to appear in the play? the three witches
According to the stage directions, what is the weather like at the beginning of the play? Lightning and thunder
Who do the witches plan to meet after parting? Macbeth
Who does Duncan meet as he sets up camp at the beginning of the scene? a wounded soldier
According to the report, what did Macbeth do to Macdonwald? Cut him from the navel to the chin
Who is the main enemy of Scotland during this battle? Norway
Who has betrayed Scotland by assisting the enemy? the thane of cawdor
Who is credited with winning the battle for Scotland? Macbeth
How is the first witch offended at the beginning of the scene? A sailor’s wife will not share chestnuts with her.
What does the first witch do to get her revenge on the person who offended her in Act 1, Scene 3? She curses the sailor with lack of sleep and fatigue.
Which of the following is not one of Macbeth’s prophecies? He will father a line of kings.
How does Macbeth react to the witches’ predictions? (Check all that apply) He seems excited. He wants to know more. He is confused because he is not in line to become Thane of Cawdor or king.
What happens to the original Thane of Cawdor? he is to be executed
What does Malcolm tell Duncan of the original Thane of Cawdor’s final moments? he died with dignity
After he learns that the witches’ first prediction has come true, what does Macbeth say he is carrying? black and deep desires
What title is Malcolm given after the battle is over? Prince of Cumberland
How does Lady Macbeth hear about the prophecy of the witches? Her husband writes a letter about it
How does Macbeth refer to his wife after she hears about the prophecy from the witches? his dearest partner in greatness
For what reason(s) does Lady Macbeth doubt her husband’s ability to kill Duncan? (Check all that apply) He is “too full of the milk of human kindness.” He does not have the evilness to fulfill his destiny.
After she reads Macbeth’s letter, Lady Macbeth calls on evils spirits to fill her body and fill her with cruelty
What does Lady Macbeth plan after hearing about the prophecy from the witches? the murder of the king
What does Lady Macbeth tell her husband to do in front of the king when he comes to their home? play the innocent
What does Banquo say about Macbeth’s castle when he first arrives there? it is pleasant and inviting
Who is the first to greet Duncan at Macbeth’s castle? Lady Macbeth
How does Lady Macbeth act when the king arrives at her castle? warm and inviting
What is so surprising about the way Lady Macbeth treats the king when he arrives at her castle? she is planning his murder
What two reasons does Macbeth give for not wanting to kill the king? Macbeth is his host and his kinsman
What does Lady Macbeth say she would do before breaking a promise? Kill her own child
Who does Lady Macbeth want to frame for Duncan’s murder? his chamberlains

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