macbeth question set 1

Describe the setting of the first scene. What sort of mood does it create? The setting of the first scene creates an eery, spooky feeling. There is thunder and lighting and there are witches talking.
The witches say together, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” What does it mean? Everything is not always as it seems.
In scene 2, what does the sergeant report about Macbeth? What does this news reveal to the reader about Macbeth’s character? Banquo and Macbeth defeat the thane of Cawdor which reveals Macbeth is very brave.
In scene 2, what does the king instruct Ross to do? He instructs Ross to announce the Thane of Cawdor’s death and title greet Macbeth so he is rewarded for his bravery.
What prophecies do the witches make regarding Macbeth? (scene 3) The prophecies are that Macbeth will be the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King of all things.
What do the witches predict for Banquo? (scene 3) They predict that he will be under Macbeth and will get kings but never become one.
Shakespeare has the witches speak in language that is frequently contradictory. Point out two examples of where this occurs in scene 3 “Not so happy, yet much happier,” and “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.”
How do Macbeth and Banquo question their experience with the witches? (scene 3) They question why and how the witches vanished and who will be king.
. What news does Ross bring to Banquo and Macbeth as they are discussing the prophecies? (scene 3) Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor.
What does Banquo mean when he says, “What can the devil speak true?” (scene 3) Can the devil (witches) really speak of the truth, because they were right about Macbeth becoming the Thane of Cawdor.
What is significant about Duncan naming Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland? (scene 4 The significance of Duncan naming Malcolm is to get that into Macbeth’s head and to foreshadow how he intends to get rid of Duncan and Malcolm and to show even if he kills Duncan he’ll also have to kill Malcolm.
After Lady Macbeth finishes reading the letter, what concern does she express about Macbeth? (scene 5) This shows Lady Macbeth plans on doing whatever it takes to make her husband King of Scotland.
Why does Lady Macbeth want her husband to hurry home? (scene 5) Lady Macbeth wants her husband to hurry home so she can talk to him about not looking guilty and plan how they’re going to stage the murder.
How do Duncan and Banquo regard Macbeth’s home? How are their comments an example of dramatic irony? (scene 6) It is very nice and has sweet air. It’s dramatic irony because that’s where he’s going to die.
What arguments does Macbeth raise for not committing the murder? (scene 7) He does not want to kill him. They’re cousins so why kill him when all he has done is be a good king and promote him.
Lady Macbeth reveals the details of the murder plot. What are they? (scene 7) The servants get drunk then Macbeth stabs Duncan in his sleep and rubs the blood on the servants to make them look guilty.

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