Macbeth, Act I questions with quote answers

I.i When do the witches plan to meet again, and where? “When the hurlyburly’s done,When the battle’s lost and won….Upon the heath”
I.i Why will the witches meet again? “There to meet with Macbeth”
I.i What happens after all the witches speak in unison, and how? “hover…Exeunt”
I.ii Who is the bloody man? “This is the sergeantWho like a good and hardy soldier fought’Gainst my captivity”
I.ii Who is the traitor? “The merciless Macdonwald–Worthy to be a rebel”
I.ii Who is the invading enemy? “the Norweyan lord”
I.ii Why does Macbeth deserve his name? “…Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel,Which smoked with bloody execution,Like valour’s minion carved out his passageTill he faced the slave”
I.ii What did Macbeth do to the rebel? “…he unseam’d him from the nave to the chaps,And fix’d his head upon our battlements”
I.ii What did the invader do after his mercenaries ran away? “the Norweyan lord surveying vantage,With furbish’d arms and new supplies of menBegan a fresh assault”
I.ii Were Macbeth and Banquo afraid of the second wave? “Yes;As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.”
I.ii Why does the bloody sergeant ask to rest? “I am faint, my gashes cry for help.”
I.ii What does the king tell the others to do for the bloody man? “Go get him surgeons.”
I.ii What news does Ross bring? “victory fell on us”
I.ii What tribute did the Scots demand of the Norwegians before they were allowed to gather their dead? “Sweno, the Norways’ king, craves composition:Nor would we deign him burial of his menTill he disbursed at Saint Colme’s inchTen thousand dollars to our general use.”
I.ii What reward will Macbeth earn? “What he hath lost [title: Thane of Cawdor] noble Macbeth hath won”
I.iii Where has the Second Witch been? “Killing swine”
I.iii What’s the First Witch been doing? “A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap,And munch’d, and munch’d, and munch’d:–‘Give me,’ quoth I:’Aroint thee, witch!’ the rump-fed ronyon cries”
I.iii What curse will the First Witch impose? “I will drain him dry as hay:Sleep shall neither night nor dayHang upon his pent-house lid;He shall live a man forbid:Weary se’nnights nine times nineShall he dwindle, peak and pine:Though his bark cannot be lost,Yet it shall be tempest-tost.”
I.iii What does the First Witch show the others? “Here I have a pilot’s thumb,Wreck’d as homeward he did come”
I.iii What ironic oxymoronic assessment of the day does Macbeth make? “So foul and fair a day I have not seen.”
I.iii Why does Banquo think that the witches aren’t women? “you should be women,And yet your beards forbid me to interpretThat you are so”
I.iii What three names do the witches call Macbeth? “thane of Glamis!…thane of Cawdor!…thou shalt be king hereafter!”
I.iii How does Banquo tell Macbeth that he should be happy? “…why do you start; and seem to fearThings that do sound so fair?”
I.iii What does Banquo tell the witches to do for him? “If you can look into the seeds of time,And say which grain will grow and which will not,Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fearYour favours nor your hate”
I.iii What message do the witches have for Banquo? “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none”
I.iii What do the witches do when Macbeth orders them to explain themselves? [Witches vanish]
I.iii What explanation does Banquo give for the witches’ exit? “The earth hath bubbles, as the water has,And these are of them”
I.iii Does Macbeth wish the witches had stayed longer or is he happy that they left? “Would they had stay’d!”
I.iii What does Banquo wonder has happened to them? “have we eaten on the insane rootThat takes the reason prisoner?”
I.iii What reward for Macbeth does Ross bring from the king? “for an earnest of a greater honour,He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor”
I.iii When Banquo asks, “can the devil speak true,” to what line of the witches (from I.iii) does he allude? “thou shalt be king hereafter”
I.iii How does Macbeth ask Ross why he’s being promoted? “The thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress meIn borrow’d robes?”
I.iii Why is the Thane of Cawdor going to be executed? “treasons capital, confess’d and proved,Have overthrown him”
I.iii How, according to Banquo, does the devil trick us? “…oftentimes, to win us to our harm,The instruments of darkness tell us truths,Win us with honest trifles, to betray’sIn deepest consequence”
I.iii What paradox does Macbeth attempt to resolve? ‘Cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill,Why hath it given me earnest of success,Commencing in a truth?”
I.iii How does Macbeth declare in paradox his confusion with the situation? “nothing isBut what is not”
I.iii How does Banquo explain why Macbeth is rapt? “New horrors come upon him,Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mouldBut with the aid of use”
I.iii How does Banquo very politely ask Macbeth to hurry up? “we stay upon your leisure”
I.iii What later activity does Macbeth suggest to Banquo? “at more time,The interim having weigh’d it, let us speakOur free hearts each to other”
I.iv What did the traitor say before his execution? “That very frankly he confess’d his treasons,Implored your highness’ pardon and set forthA deep repentance”
I.iv How did the traitor die? “nothing in his lifeBecame him like the leaving it; he diedAs one that had been studied in his deathTo throw away the dearest thing he owed,As ’twere a careless trifle”
I.iv Why was Duncan confused about the traitor? “There’s no artTo find the mind’s construction in the face:He was a gentleman on whom I builtAn absolute trust”
I.iv Why does Duncan wish that Macbeth deserved less reward? “Would thou hadst less deserved,That the proportion both of thanks and paymentMight have been mine! only I have left to say,More is thy due than more than all can pay”
I.iv Why does Macbeth say that he serves the king? “The service and the loyalty I owe,In doing it, pays itself. Your highness’ partIs to receive our duties; and our dutiesAre to your throne and state children and servants,Which do but what they should, by doing every thingSafe toward your love and honour”
I.iv Who does the king name as his successor? “…knowWe will establish our estate uponOur eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafterThe Prince of Cumberland”
I.iv What does Macbeth think of the king’s choice? “The Prince of Cumberland! that is a stepOn which I must fall down, or else o’erleap,For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;Let not light see my black and deep desires:The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see”
I.v Who are the “they” of the letter? “these weird sisters”
I.v What did they do when Macbeth tried to ask them something? “When I burned in desireto question them further, they made themselves air,into which they vanished”
I.v Why does Lady Macbeth doubt her husband? “yet do I fear thy nature;It is too full o’ the milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great;Art not without ambition, but withoutThe illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly,That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false,And yet wouldst wrongly win”
I.v How does she think her husband is willing to win? “what thou wouldst highly,That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false,And yet wouldst wrongly win”
I.v Why does she ask her husband to hurry home? “Hie thee hither,That I may pour my spirits in thine ear;And chastise with the valour of my tongueAll that impedes thee from the golden round”
I.v What is the messenger’s news? “The king comes here to-night”
I.v What does Lady Macbeth ask evil spirits to do for her? “Come, you spiritsThat tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,And fill me from the crown to the toe top-fullOf direst cruelty”
I.v Why does she want to change? “…make thick my blood;Stop up the access and passage to remorse,That no compunctious visitings of natureShake my fell purpose, nor keep peace betweenThe effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts,And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers,Wherever in your sightless substancesYou wait on nature’s mischief!”
I.v What does she ask the night to do? “Come, thick night,And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,To cry ‘Hold, hold!'”
I.v What does she think about the king’s departure? “O, neverShall sun that morrow see!”
I.v How does she recommend that her husband proceed to deceive others? “To beguile the time,Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,But be the serpent under’t”
I.v Who plans to take care of everything? “Leave all the rest to me”
I.vi Who sounds the horn when the king enters? “Hautboys”
I.vi Who is the guest of summer that likes Inverness? “the martlet”
I.vi How does the king jokingly complain about being honored? “The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,Which still we thank as love”
I.vi What does Lady Macbeth say about the trouble of serving the king? “All our serviceIn every point twice done and then done doubleWere poor and single business to contendAgainst those honours deep and broad wherewithYour majesty loads our house”
I.vi Where does the king ask Lady Macbeth to take him? “Give me your hand;Conduct me to mine host”
I.vii Why does Macbeth think that killing the king should be done soon? “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere wellIt were done quickly”
I.vii How does Macbeth hope for no consequences to Duncan’s murder? “if the assassinationCould trammel up the consequence, and catchWith his surcease success; that but this blowMight be the be-all and the end-all here,But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,We’ld jump the life to come”
I.vii What ‘s the first reason should Macbeth not kill the king? “First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,Who should against his murderer shut the door,Not bear the knife myself”
I.vii What ‘s the second reason should Macbeth not kill the king? “Besides, this DuncanHath borne his faculties so meek, hath beenSo clear in his great office, that his virtuesWill plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, againstThe deep damnation of his taking-off”
I.vii What’s the only reason Macbeth has to kill Duncan? “I have no spurTo prick the sides of my intent, but onlyVaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itselfAnd falls on the other”
I.vii What does Macbeth say that disappoints and angers his wife? “We will proceed no further in this business”
I.vii How does Macbeth tell his wife that killing the king is not a brave thing to do? “I dare do all that may become a man;Who dares do more is none”
I.vii How does Lady Macbeth insult her husband’s masculinity? “When you durst do it, then you were a man;And, to be more than what you were, you wouldBe so much more the man”
I.vii What does Lady Macbeth say she would rather do than break a promise? ” I have given suck, and knowHow tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me:I would, while it was smiling in my face,Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums,And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as youHave done to this”
I.vii What does Lady Macbeth say will happen if they fail? “We fail!But screw your courage to the sticking-place,And we’ll not fail”
I.vii How does Lady Macbeth plan to dupe the guards? “his two chamberlainsWill I with wine and wassail so convinceThat memory, the warder of the brain,Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reasonA limbeck only”
I.vii What does she say they can do when the guards are incapacitated? “when in swinish sleepTheir drenched natures lie as in a death,What cannot you and I perform uponThe unguarded Duncan? what not put uponHis spongy officers, who shall bear the guiltOf our great quell?”
I.vii What does Macbeth say about his wife’s character? “Bring forth men-children only;For thy undaunted mettle should composeNothing but males”
I.vii When Macbeth says they should be able to convince the others of their deceptive blaming of the king’s guards, what does his wife think? “Who dares receive it other,As we shall make our griefs and clamour roarUpon his death?”
I.vii What advice does Macbeth give his wife (and himself)? “Away, and mock the time with fairest show:False face must hide what the false heart doth know”

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