Macbeth Act 4 Study Guide

1. When the witches are chanting “double double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble” what are they doing? Creating a spell for Macbeth
2. What is the “something wicked this way comes”? Macbeth
3. What does the first apparition tell Macbeth? Beware of Macduff
4. What does the second apparition tell Macbeth? None born from woman will kill Macbeth
5. What does the third apparition tell Macbeth? He (Macbeth) is safe until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill
6. What is the one more thing Macbeth wants to know? The meaning of his final vision/ If Banquo’s son’s will be kings
7. What do the witches show Macbeth in response to his last request? A line of 8 kings and the ghost of Banquo
8. What does Macbeth say he will do to MAcduff Capture Macduff’s castle and oil Macduff’s wife and children
9. What reason does Lady Macduff give for why Macduff must not love her and their children? He left them
10. What does Lady Macduff tell her son about Macduff? That Macduff is dead and a traitor
11. What reason does Lady Macduff’s son give for why the liars and swearers are fools? There are more traitors than honest men, so why don’t they hang honest men
12. What does the messenger tell Lady Macduff? She and her son are in danger and need to GTFO
13. What happens at the end of this scene? Lady Macduff and her kid die
14. What does Malcom suspect might be Macduff’s motivation? He left his family in Scotland and may be working for Macbeth to betray him to Macbeth
15. What does Malcom ask Macduff about his family? “Why did you leave them?”
16. What is the first reason Malcom gives when he argues that he would be a bigger tyrant than Macbeth? Lust
17. What does Macduff say he can do for his voluptuousness? Use willing women
18. What is the 2nd reason Malcom gives for why he wouldn’t be a good king? Greed
19. What is Macduff’s final response to Malcolm’s description of himself? “You’re unfit to live, much less be king”
20. What does Malcom tell Macduff about the things he said? He was making it up to see if Macduff was trustworthy?
21. What does Malcom say King Edward is able to do? He has a cure and can heal people with his touch
22. At first, What does Ross say about Macduff’s family? that they are well
23. What has England lent Malcom? 10k soldiers
24. What does Ross finally tell Macduff? his family is dead
25. What “medicine” does Malcom say they should take to cure the “deadly grief”? Revenge on Macbeth

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