Macbeth Plot Test Study Guide Questions

What are the witches planning at the beginning of the act? (i,1-8) They were planning to meet with Macbeth.
What does the Sergeant report to Duncan about the battle? (ii, 8-42) He reported that Macbeth fought well and killed many of the enemy, defeating them.
What title is given to Macbeth for bravery in the battle? (ii, 64-66) He is given the title “Thane of Cawdor.”
What happened to the original Thane of Cawdor and why did he lose his title? (ii, 48-66) The original Thane of Cawdor betrayed his country and got executed for it.
What titles do the witches greet Macbeth with after the battle? (iii, 48-50) They greet him with the names “Thane of Glamis,” “Thane of Cawdor,” and “future king.”
What do the witches mean when they say, ‘Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none’? (iii, 65-68) They mean that Banquo will be greater in death than Macbeth in life.
What news is brought by Ross and Angus? (iii, 89-107) They tell Macbeth about his new title, Thane of Cawdor.
What words of caution does Banquo speak to Macbeth about the witches prophecies? (iii, 120-127) It may seem good, but it’s darkness that he’s talking to, so there will be a bad side.
Despite the good fortune foretold to him by the witches, why is Macbeth not feeling so good? (iii, 130-142) Macbeth isn’t feeling good because he’s having thoughts of killing the king which is treason
What happens that causes Macbeth to realize he will have a major obstacle to becoming king? (iv, 34-53) Malcolm becomes Prince of Cumberland
To where has Duncan proclaimed that he shall travel to honor Macbeth? (iv, 42-43) Why does Macbeth rush ahead of them to get there? (iv, 45-46) He declares that he is going to Macbeth’s house. He want to tell lady Macbeth that the king is on his way to Inverness
After reading Macbeth’s letter, summarize what Lady Macbeth worries will keep her husband from achieving the honors the witches predicted for him? (v, 14-29) She thinks that he is to nice and not cruel enough to kill some for his own gain.
After the messenger leaves, summarize what Lady Macbeth wishes for in her soliloquy? (v, 40-53) Lady Macbeth wishes to be less lady like and more cruel to be able to kill the king.
Upon Macbeth’s arrival and announcement that Duncan will arrive tonight, what does Lady Macbeth declare must be done to the King? (v, 59-68) That king Duncan must be killed
Why does the King come to Macbeth’s castle? (vi, 10-14, 20-24) To have dinner
In his soliloquy, summarize what Macbeth reveals about his feelings for the plan to murder Duncan? (vii, 1-27) Macbeth doesn’t want to kill king Duncan anymore because he doesn’t want to go to hell and Duncan has been a really good leader.
After Macbeth declares that he will not go through with the murder plan, how does Lady Macbeth convince him to change his mind? (vii, 35-59) Lady Macbeth says she’d kill her own child, calls Macbeth is a coward she tell him they’ll get away with it.
What details does Lady Macbeth explain to convince Macbeth that her plan cannot fail? (vii, 59-77) They plan to get the guards drunk, kill Duncan, frame the guards with their daggers the king’s blood, and they’ll wake up and realize they killed the king
What does Macbeth ask of Banquo at the beginning of Act 2? (i, 25-26) He asks Banquo’s to support him fulfilling the prophesies.
Summarize what Macbeth explains in his soliloquy. (i, 33-64) He is trying to convince himself that he’s doing the right thing.
Who does Lady Macbeth believe has announced that death is occurring? (ii, 3-4) She heard the owls screaming
What does Lady MacBeth state stopped her from killing Duncan herself? (ii, 12-13) She says King Duncan looked like her father.
How does Macbeth feel after committing the murder and what does he proclaim he could not do? (ii, 26-64) He feels so guilty that even all of Neptune’s oceans couldn’t wash away the blood and guilt from him.
What does Macbeth wish the knocking could do? (ii, 73-74) Wake up Duncan.
What does the Porter pretend to be the gatekeeper of? (iii, 1-18) How is this symbolic? Hell, and he says it’s too cold to be hell, but it really is like hell because the king was just murdered.
Based on his response to Macduff’s question about drinking, what other purpose does the Porter seem to serve in this play? (iii, 24-31) Porter seems to serve as someone who relieves the tension
What is the first reaction to the King’s death and whose is it? (iii, 64-65) “O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart Cannot conceive nor name thee.” Macduff said this. Macduff finds him and wakes everyone in the castle
What symbolic act does Lady Macbeth pretend and how is it ironic? (iii, 130) Lady Macbeth pretends to faint and it’s ironic because the murder was her idea
Why do Malcolm and Donalbain decide to flee? (iii, 134-139, 153-165) Where do they decide to go? Malcolm and Duncan decide to flee because they are afraid that the killer in Macbeth’s house is after Donalbain’s family. Malcolm goes to England and Donalbain goes to Ireland.
What unnatural things do Ross and the Old Man mention have happened since Duncan’s murder? (iv, 1-20) They mentioned that it is dark during the day, an owl killed a falcon and duncan’s horses were let loose and they ate each other
What does Macduff tell us about the current fortunes of Duncan’s sons and Macbeth? (iv, 24-32) Macduff tells us that Duncan’s sons have fled and Macbeth will now be king
What is the meaning of the line, ‘God’s benison go with you, and with those that would make good of bad, and friends of foes!’? (iv, 40-41) It means God’s blessings are with you, and with those who would make a good situation out of a bad one, and make friends out of foes
Why does Macbeth fear Banquo and want to have him killed? (i, 48-71) Banquo’s kids will become king and take the thrown away from Macbeth
How does Macbeth persuade the murderers that Banquo is an enemy to them all? (i, 75-83) How does Macbeth then persuade the murderers that they should kill Banquo? (i, 84-107) Macbeth convinces them by saying that Banquo is an enemy to him. And that they are not men for not killing him.
What does Macbeth tell the murderers is the reason that he cannot kill Banquo himself? (i, 117-125) What do you think is the real reason Macbeth hires murderers to kill Banquo? Macbeth and Banquo are friends. Both Macbeth and Banquo have the same friends and if they find out that Macbeth killed Banquo then they would kill him.
At this point, how does Macbeth feel with his new found power? He doesn’t really know what to do with it and is going crazy.
When and where has Macbeth decided that Banquo must be murdered? Who has Macbeth decided must also be murdered at the same time? (i, 130-138) When he is riding horses with his family. He decided his sons should be killed too.
What do Lady Macbeth and Macbeth state about their current standing as king and queen based on what they have done to get it? (ii, 4-26) They aren’t happy because they don’t feel safe.
What does Macbeth say he envies about Duncan? (ii, 22-23) He says that he envies Duncan’s peace while he is crazy.
What symbol does Macbeth use for the tool that will help him carry out his plan of murder? (ii, 45-56) The symbol Macbeth uses is the dagger.
What is unexpected about the murderers that wait to kill Banquo and Fleance? (iii, 1-4) What is unexpected is that there is a third murderer because Macbeth doesn’t completely trust the first two.
What happens when the murderers try to kill Banquo and his son? (iii, 19) What happens is Banquo is killed but his son escaped.
What is Macbeth’s reaction first to the news that Banquo is dead and then to the news that Fleance escaped? (iv, 18-26) Macbeth is happy that Banquo is dead but worried about Fleance being a problem in the future
Why doesn’t Macbeth sit in the seat reserved for him at the feast? (iv, 46-50) Because he sees Banquo’s ghost sitting in his seat.
What does the ghost of Banquo do to Macbeth’s paranoia? He makes it worse.
How does Lady Macbeth explain Macbeth’s odd behavior to the guests? (iv, 54-59; 99-100) Lady Macbeth explains how he has a “mental illness” and later explains that it’s a ritual.
What similar thing does Lady Macbeth recall regarding her husband’s behavior? (Macbeth has not told her of this in the dialogue of the play, so we must suppose he has told her between scenes.) (iv, 62-63) Lady Macbeth recalls the dagger that Macbeth imagined before.
What does Macbeth reveal about his beliefs in the supernatural in his soliloquy on page 118? (iv, 76-84) That if you kill someone they would just die and that would be it but they rise from the dead
Who do we learn has not attended the feast despite being invited? (iv, 130) Macduff
What has Macbeth decided he must do in order to continue on with his plans of action? (iv, 141, 142) He is going to talk to the weird sisters to find out more about his future
How does Lady Macbeth make her husband feel better after seeing the ghost? (iv, 143) She tries to make him go to sleep
What does Macbeth mean when he says, “We are yet but young in deed”? (iv, 144-145) What does this suggest about his future conduct? They are only at the beginning of their killing spree
Who is Hecate and what does she think of the witches’ involvement with Macbeth? (v, 1-13) Hecate is the goddess of the three witches.
What are the witches doing at the beginning of this act? They are brewing in cauldron.
What three things does Macbeth learn from the witches and apparitions and how does he react to them? Apparition 1: What is it? (Floating Head) What does Macbeth learn? (Fear Macduff) How does Macbeth react? (Kills Macduff’s family and takes his castle)Apparition 2: What is it? (Bloody Child) What does Macbeth learn? (No one born of woman would harm him) How does Macbeth react? (Still decides to kill Macduff)Apparition 3: What is it? (Crowned child) What does Macbeth Learn? (Safe until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill) How does Macbeth react? (He feels safety knowing he will reign until he dies)
What final thing does Macbeth ask to see? What is the witches’ initial reaction to this question? Macbeth asks to know what the meaning of everything was and what is in the future for him. They say that he doesn’t want to know what will come next.
What do the witches reluctantly reveal to Macbeth? They show him the 8 kings and the ghost of Banquo.
Who is the king that has two scepters and is holding two balls a reference to? It was referring to King James.
What is Macbeth’s reaction to Macduff fleeing to England? He kills his family and captures his castle.
What is Lady Macduff’s opinion of her husband in Act 4.2? She feels as if he betrayed her.
What are Malcolm’s two vices? He is lustful and greedy.
Why isn’t Malcolm willing to take the throne (there are multiple reasons)? He said that not all of the women could satisfy his lust.
After Macduff weeps for Scotland and Malcolm’s reluctance to take the throne, what does Malcolm tell him? Malcolm tells him that his wife and child was murdered.
How is Ross’s statement that Macduff’s family is “well” and “at peace” dramatic irony? They were just killed.
How does Malcolm tell Macduff to use the grief over losing his family? Malcolm tells him to turn his grief to anger.
What do Malcolm and Macduff decide to do? They decide to get revenge on Macbeth.
What significance does the doctor have? He observes the confession of Lady Macbeth while trying to figure out what is wrong with her
Why won’t the doctor or the gentlewoman tell anyone what they have seen or heard? They heard Macbeth’s wrath
What is Macbeth’s current psychological condition? He is close to complete insanity
How is the prophecy of Birnam Wood moving to Dunsinane Hill fulfilled? Each man takes a tree branch for cover
Why doesn’t Macbeth put his armor on when he goes out to do battle? He knows he can’t be killed because the witches said he can’t be killed by a man born of woman
What is said that frightens Macbeth before he is killed by Macduff? Macduff tells Macbeth he was ripped from her mother’s womb, meaning she had a c-section.
Who decides who becomes king and who does he choose? Macduff decides and he chooses Malcolm

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