Macbeth Act III Test

Lines 1-10 . . . What specific dialogue supports the idea thatBanquo is hopeful about the prediction of the Weird Women? Banquo states that Macbeth’s prophecies have proven true, despite the suspicion that Macbeth cheated to receive his titles. However, since the prophecies came true, Banquo ponders if his bloodline (descendants) will occupy the throne of Scotland as prophesied by the Weird Sisters.
Line 3 . . . Consider what you have learned about Banquo’ssuspicions about Macbeth. Banquo suspects Macbeth “cheated” to receive his titles as Thane of Cawdor and now King of Scotland. Banquo states in the beginning of Act 3 Scene 1, “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,/ As the weird women promised, and I fear/ Thou played’st most foully for ‘t,” (lines 1-3)
Explain the double meaning that might be intended by Banquo’s statement that his “duties / are with a most indissoluble tie / Forever knit.” When he talks about duties, he talks about how he is willing to help Macbeth due to his respect to him, however, Banquo also knows that Macbeth may have done something terrible in order to become king so he also could be saying that it is his duty to stop Macbeth from committing any more crimes.
What is an example of irony in Macbeth’s dialoguein lines 29-35? Macbeth claims that Malcolm and Donalbain are the murderers of Duncan and not confessing to their crime even though Macbeth is the one who killed Duncan.
What evidence in Macbeth’s soliloquy (lines47-71) explains Macbeth’s assessment of Banquo? What is revealed about Macbeth’s character? MacBeth fears Banquo and his potential to catch on to him. He thinks Banquo is clever, which makes him fearful. He expresses that Banquo has a “noble” personality and intuition. This reveals MacBeth is not sure of himself and has a weak, cautious side.
Lines 65-71 . . . What theme is developed in these lines? “Don’t ruin your own peace for somebody else’s benefit.” MacBeth is not sure whether he is more important than his loved ones. He explains in lines 68-70, “I’ve handed over my everlasting soul to the devil so that they could be kings.” (referring to Banquo’s sons)
What doubts does Macbeth say are troubling him? The doubts that Macbeth has is: He is only afraid of Banquo.
According to Macbeth, why does he himselfnot kill Banquo? He would be tried for treason if he killed Banquo and it would be obvious because he is the only threat to Macbeth.
Consider what you have learned about Banquo’ssuspicions about Macbeth. Identify and explain Banquo’s tone as he addresses Macbeth. Banquo’s tone is disappointed and treasonous because he suspects Macbeth engaged in treasonous activities and disobeyed the loyalty of his closest kinsmen to receive his titles as Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland.
Explain how the stage directions and dialogue further the action of the plot. Compare the nature of the First Murderer’s dialogue to Macbeth’s. Macbeth wants his conversation to be secret from everyone else. The first murderer’s dialogue is much shorter than Macbeth’s.
Scan the meter in lines 115-122 and identify the meter. Then change the sentence structure to the following line: “Andthough I could/ With barefaced power sweep him from my sight.” Restructure the sentence so that it sounds more like usual speech. Then scan the restructured lines. How does Shakespeare’s use of inverted sentence structure affect iambic pentameter? You could change it so say, ” Since i am now king, I could simply use my power to easily get rid of him. It would be no trouble at all.”Shakespeare uses inverted sentence structure to create a brief break iambic pentameter
How does the planning of this murder differfrom the planning of Duncan’s murder? How does the change signal a change in Macbeth’s character, a deepening of his tragic flaw? This time he is having other people kill who he wants dead. This shows that Macbeth loves power so much that he would kill his best friend to retain and protect power. His tragic flaw is being obsessed with power.
Examine Macbeth’s dialogue and explain the reason Macbeth gives for ordering Fleance killed in these lines. Explain the real reason Macbeth wants Fleance dead. Fleance is the son of Banquo, so if Macbeth were to kill Banquo, he would expect Fleance to be upset, and angry, causing him to seek for revenge on whoever to blame for his father’s death, who in this case would be Macbeth. All this would do is cause another obstacle for Macbeth to overcome to be king.
Why does Macbeth question Banquo about his quest? Macbeth wants to gain information that he can further inform the murderers with.
What reason does Macbeth give the murderers to kill Banquo? Banquo oppressed the families of the murderers.
What feeling does Banquo express about Macbeth, at thebeginning of Scene 1? Suspicion
In Macbeth’s soliloquoy, he admittedly is NOT afraid of . . . Banquo’s habit of making impulsive decisions.
Macbeth states to two murderers: “Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men,/ As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs,/ Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves are clept/ All by the name of dogs. The valued file/ Distinguishes the swift, the slow, the subtle,/ The housekeeper, the hunter, every one/ According to the gift which bounteous nature/ Hath in him closed, whereby he does receive/ Particular addition, from the bill/ That writes them all alike. And so of men/ Now, if you have a station in the file,/ Not i’ th’ worst rank of manhood, say ‘t,/ And I will put that business in your bosoms,/ Whose execution takes your enemy off,” (III. i. Lines 94-108). Macbeth says: You [murderers] are of the human species. Just as hounds and greyhounds, spaniels, mutts, lap dogs, swimming dogs, and wolf-dog crossbreeds are all dogs. But if you list the different kinds of dogs according to their qualities, you can classify each dog according to the natural properties that separate it from all other dogs. It’s the same with men. Now, if you are in fact murderers, I will tell you a plan that will get rid of your enemy [Banquo] and bring you closer to me.
Why are lines 94-108 (Macbeth’s analogy) important? Lines 94-108 are important because Macbeth explains to the murderers that they arehuman and are viewed differently for their skills. Macbeth acknowledges the murderersskills [ability to kill], which he and his ruthless ambition prize greatly, as certain dogbreeds are prized or used for specific tasks, such as hunting.
Macbeth: “Our fears in Banquo/ Stick deep, andhis royalty of nature/ Reigns that which would be feared. ‘Tis much he dares,/ And to that dauntless temper of his mind/ He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor/ To act in safety.” Lady Macbeth: “What’s done is done.” Macbeth says to Lady Macbeth that he is frightened by Banquo because Banquo tediously processes events and overall life. Also, Banquo inhibits extreme wisdom which could cause himto act in safety, possibly forfeiting Macbeth’s actions to fulfill the witches prophecies. Lady Macbeth responds with, “What’s done is done,” thereby expressing her low concern of Banquo endangering Macbeth’s throne.
Lines 11-27: What imagery does Macbeth use? What does he mean by “scorched the snake, not killed it”? In what ways is the image of snake ironic, coming from Macbeth? He uses the snake to represent the Banquo, Fleance andDuncan. It means they have slightly dealt with them but haven’t finished their work. It is ironic because Macbeth lied to and betrayed Duncan.
What is the meaning of Lady Macbeth’s saying:”Naught’s had, all’s spent,/ Where our desire is got withoutcontent?” It means that they had got what they wanted, but inthe end they were not happy.
Lines 18-28/ from affliction does Macbeth suffer? He has been afflicted with sleep deprivation and PTSD, this is because of the guilt he feels, the war, and the witches.
Explain how Macbeth describes the ending of the day.Cite which words describe the images of predator and prey. What does “Black agents” refer to? He says that everything is falling asleep or howling,”Black Agents” (Macbeth, Lady Macbeth) refer to the predators and “gentle creatures” (Banquo and Fleance) are the prey.

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