Macbeth Act I Test Honors

How many witches appear in Act 1? 3
Why was the original Thane of Cawdor executed? treason
What do the witches predict? 1. Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor2. Macbeth will be king3. Banquo’s children and descendants will be kings
Why does Macbeth want to kill Duncan? so he can become king; ambition (Macbeth’s tragic flaw)
Who helps Macbeth come up with his plan to kill the king? Lady Macbeth
Who does Macbeth tell about his evil plot? Lady Macbeth
Who has been chosen to be the Prince of Cumberland? Malcolm, heir of the Scottish throne (Duncan’s son)
What are Macbeth’s reasons not to kill Duncan? 1. Duncan is loved by everyone2. They’re cousins3. Macbeth is his host
What are his reasons to kill the king? ambition and power
What do the witches predict for Banquo? How does he feel about it? That his children and descendants will be kings; he is confused about it
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says “unsex me”? Make her more masculine and cruel so she can carry out the murder plot
What kind of evil things is Lady Macbeth capable of? Give specific examples. 1. murder2. defying God3. covering up crimes
What does the Anglo-Saxon term “wryd” mean? fate; destiny
What is an aside? A brief remark a character makes to the audience rather than to other characters
What is dramatic irony? When the audience knows something the characters don’t
What do the witches in Scene 1 inform the reader of? They’re going to meet Macbeth after the battle is won.
What does Duncan order Ross to do? Go to Macbeth to tell him that he is the Thane of Cawdor
Why do the witches speak in rhyme instead of blank verse? because they are casting spells
How does Lady Macbeth know that Duncan is coming to her castle? the messenger tells her
Why is Duncan’s reference to Lady Macbeth as a “noble hostess” an example of dramatic irony? because she’s plotting his murder
What do Macbeth and his wife plan to do to make sure that Duncan’s guards are blamed for his death? 1. Get them really drunk2. use their daggers3. smear blood on them4. Plant the used weapons in their possession
What does Macbeth’s reluctance to kill Duncan at his home because of “double trust” mean? Not only are they cousins, but Macbeth is also hosting him at his house so it is two times as bad to kill him
What is the plan that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hatch in order to get away with murder? Blame it on Duncan’s guards
Identify the speaker:”Bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.” Lady Macbeth
Identify the speaker:”Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” the witches
Identify the speaker:”Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, Greater than both by the all-hail hereafter! Thy letters have transported me beyond this ignorant present, and I feel now the future in the instant.” Lady Macbeth
Identify the speaker:”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.” Macbeth
Identify the speaker:”The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements. Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty. Make think my blood.” Lady Macbeth
Identify the speaker: “We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep, his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince.” Lady Macbeth
Identify the speaker: “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 fear your favors nor your hate.” Banquo
Identify the speaker:”Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” Macbeth
Identify the speaker:”Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it. He died as one that had been studied in his death to throw away the dearest thing he owed as ’twere a careless trifle.” Malcolm
Identify the speaker:”Thy letters have transported me beyond this ignorant present, and I feel now the future in the instant.” Lady Macbeth
Identify the speaker:”He’s here in double trust: First as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host.” Macbeth

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