Macbeth Act I & II

What is the central theme of Act I? betrayal
The Tragedy of Macbeth and other Elizabethan plays represented a radical shift in English drama because they were not about religious themes
What appears to be Macbeth’s character flaw? a desire for power
During the Elizabethan period, theater companies began to use permanent performance spaces
What important role do the witches play? they foreshadow events
What can you infer about King Duncan? He places a high value on bravery and loyalty
Which of the following best describes Macbeth’s feelings about the possible assassination of King Duncan? tortured ambivalence
Why does Lady Macbeth think Macbeth has a poor chance of achieving power? He is not ruthless enough
What do stage directions give the reader? information about what is taking place on the stage
Macbeth’s plans and actions seem to be motivated most of all by his wife’s encouragement
Which of the following is an example of stage direction? [Thunder and lightning. Enter THREE WITCHES.]
Elizabethan tragedies were modeled on plays from ancient Greece and Rome
The annotations in The Tragedy of Macbeth are a helpful aid for clarifying unfamiliar language
In what way is Lady Macbeth stronger than her husband? She stands firm when Macbeth begins to waver in his deadly purpose
Which would be true if you were watching a play at the Globe Theater back in Shakespeare’s day? The illusions of time and space would come from the words of the play
What is the central idea of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II? A murderer must live with his conscience
For which of the following reasons did Shakespeare probably choose to write The Tragedy of Macbeth in blank verse? to create an effect of natural speech
Lady Macbeth’s purpose in drugging the servants is so they will sleep though King Duncan’s murder
Which of the following characterizes the line “This night’s great business into my dispatch” as blank verse? It has ten syllables with the stress falling on every second syllable
Which of the following symbols signals that the murder has been accomplished? the owl’s scream and the crickets’ cries
Macbeth declares he will “sleep no more” because he believes his conscience will never let him rest
What does Macbeth really mean when he indicates that the blood on his hands will redden all the seas? It is a comment on his profound guilt
In the Old Man’s dialogue, which of the following symbolizes King Duncan? a horse
What does Banquo say the purpose of meeting should be? To know the bloody piece of work
When Lady Macbeth says “My hands are of your color, but I shame / To wear a heart so white” she means that her hands are red with King Duncan’s blood, but, unlike her husband, she is not afraid
Why do you suppose Shakespeare made Banquo the last person Macbeth sees before he murders King Duncan? Banquo, who is loyal to the king, represents Macbeth’s last chance to do what is right and call off his murderous plan
What reason does Lady Macbeth give for not killing King Duncan herself? She says the king looked like her father as he slept
Unrhymed iambic pentameter is also called blank verse
To make sense of blank verse, you must read and analyze each full sentence, no matter where the line breaks

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