Macbeth: Act III Quiz

What dies it mean when Banquo says, “…and i fear thou play’dst most foully for’t”? Banquo thinks Macbeth did something foul to get where he is today, making a reference to him becoming king.
What does it mean when Banquo says, “But hush, no more.” and how does this exemplify that Banquo is the foil of Macbeth? Banquo won’t let himself fall into the same trap that Macbeth did and act the way he did. This shows that he is the foil of Macbeth because he is doing the exact opposite of what Macbeth did.
What two pronouns does Macbeth use when speaking to Banquo and what do they mean? “We” is the formal way to address him and means that Macbeth is superior to Banquo. “I” or “I’ll” is the personal way to address him and it indicates he is speaking to him as a friend.
Why is it important to note when Banquo says, “…to the which my duties are with a most indissoluble tie for ever knit.” It has a double meaning about the witches that only Macbeth and Banquo know about.
What can be taken from Macbeth saying, “We hear our bloody cousins are bestow’d in England and Ireland, not confessing their cruel parricide, filling their hearers with strange invention.” 1. Macbeth has located where Malcolm and Donalbain are.2. Malcolm and Donalbain are the ones being accused of their father’s murder.3. Malcolm and Donalbain are telling people that Macbeth killed their father.
What activity does Banquo do before the feast and who goes with him? He goes horseback riding with his son, Fleance.
What does Macbeth rudely say to everyone after Banquo leaves to go horseback riding He basically says that everyone should go and leave him alone until the feast starts at 7.
What is sirrah? A way to address a man lower than you in a respected rank. The opposite of “sir”
What does it mean when Macbeth says, “To be thus is nothing; but to be safely thus?” Unless Macbeth feels safe on the throne, he doesn’t want to be on it.
Who is the cause of Macbeth’s feeling of unsafety, and why is it this person? Banquo, because he has strong morals and character.
What literary device is Macbeth’s reference to Caesar? An allusion to history.
What is a sceptre? The staff a king has.
Why is Macbeth angry during his soliloquy? Because Banquo’s sons are going to be kings.
What is the meaning of Macbeth saying, “Rather than so, come, fate,” ? Macbeth wants what he wants so badly he decides to challenge fate and take it on.
When Macbeth meets with the murderers in the castle, is that the first time they meet? No
Originally, the murderers had blamed __________ for their poverty, but now, after talking to Macbeth, he convinces them that it is ________ fault. Macbeth, Banquo’s
What idea does Macbeth put into the murderers head about Banquo, and how does it differ from what really happened? Macbeth tells the murderers that Banquo has been lying to the people of his land about how much taxes are, and he has been pocketing the extra money. What really is happening, though, is Macbeth made taxes extremely high when he became king.
What literary device does Macbeth use to push the murderer’s buttons and question their manliness? Rhetorical questions
What does Macbeth compare men to, and what point is he trying to get across? Dogs, and he is trying to say that the murderers should be “big dogs” and do the manly thing, instead of being “little dogs.”
What does Macbeth want the murderers to do, and what will they get in return? Macbeth wants them to kill Banquo, and in return their families will live a good life.
How do the men respond when told what they need to do? They say they will kill Banquo because they cannot bare to watch their families live the lives they live anymore.
Why can’t Macbeth just take care of Banquo himself? Macbeth and Banquo have a lot of mutual friends.
When does Macbeth want Banquo killed? That night
Who else does Macbeth want killed? Fleance
What is the importance of the beginning of scene II, when Lady Macbeth is talking to the servant? Lady Macbeth needs permission to talk to Macbeth now that he is king.
What has Lady Macbeth given up to be where she is, and is she happy? She has given everything up, and she is nowhere near happy. She says she would rather be dead.
Why does Lady Macbeth think Macbeth is spending all of his time alone? Because he is thinking about Duncan.
Why is Macbeth actually spending all of his time alone? Because he doesn’t trust anyone.
When does Macbeth say he is scared the most, and why? When he eats, because he fears someone will poison his food, and when he sleeps, because he has night terrors.
When talking about death, what can Lady Macbeth and Macbeth agree on? They would both rather be dead.
What is “We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it” a metaphor for? Duncan, and his sons becoming kings.
“Duncan is in his grave; after life’s fitful fever he sleeps well; treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor prison, malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing, can touch him further.” What does this mean? Macbeth is jealous of Duncan and how he endlessly sleeps.

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