Macbeth Questions on Exam

What is Birnam? A forest
Why does Macbeth become Thane of Cawdor? Duncan rewards him for bravery and loyalty
What is Lady Macbeth’s attitude toward the murder of Duncan before it happens? She encourages it
Why do people suspect Malcolm and Donalbain of being behind Duncan’s murder? Their running away makes them look guilty
What is the main reason that Macbeth kills Banquo? Banquo’s lack of loyalty
From Macbeth’s point of view, what goes wrong at Banquo’s murder? Fleance escapes
Why does Macduff go to England and join Malcolm? To get revenge for the murder of his family, to fight the tyrant Macbeth with Malcolm, and to find out if Malcolm killed Duncan
What do the witches tell Banquo? “Lesser than Macbeth and greater.””A future father of kings.”
Lady Macbeth characterizes her husband as being what? “too full of the milk of human kindness.”
As part of the plan to kill the king, Lady Macbeth would do what? Get the chamberlains drunk
Lady Macbeth confessed that she would have killed King Duncan herself except for the fact that what? He looked like her father
Shakespeare introduced the Porter in order to what? Provide comic relief
Macbeth arranges for Banquo’s death by telling the hired killers what? Banquo had ruined their careers
Macbeth startles his dinner guest by what? Conversing with the Ghost of Banquo
In Act IV, Malcolm is at first lukewarm toward Macduff because he what? Suspects a trick and wants to be sure they are both against Macbeth
Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane when what? The camouflaged soldiers make their advance
Macbeth’s conversation with the doctor reveals the he what? Is much less concerned about his wife than he is about ensuing the battle
When Macbeth refuses to put the servants’ daggers back in the room, Lady Macbeth does what? Takes the daggers back into the servants’ room
In Act V, Lady Macbeth what? Cannot rest because she is troubled by all her sinful deeds
In Act I, Duncan disturbs Macbeth by announcing that what? Malcolm will be the future king of Scotland
In Act IV, Macduff wants to go to war against Macbeth because he what? Considers Macbeth a tyrant
in Act IV scene ii, Lady Macduff calls her husband a traitor because what? She knows Macduff is raising an army against Macbeth
Duncan’s sons are suspected of his murder because what? They fled Inverness Castle without explanation
Three apparitions appear to Macbeth in Act IV. What do they predict? Birnam Wood will come to Dunsinane
After Duncan’s death, Macbeth finds killing what? Often necessary
What predictions come true in the end? “None of woman born shall harm Macbeth””Beware the Thane of Fife””Macbeth shall never be conquered until the Forest of Birnam comes to Dunsinane Hill and fights against him”
Who praises Macbeth’s castle? Duncan
Who is a traitor to Scotland? Macdonwald
Who tells Fleance to escape? Banquo
Who attends the banquet? Banquo’s ghost
What appears to Lady Macbeth? A bloodstain
Where are the Scottish kings crowned? Scone
What appears before Duncan’s murder? The dagger
What is “eye of newt”? part of the witches brew
Where is refuge for Malcolm? England
Who cuts Macdonwald from the navel to jaw? Macbeth
The witches greet Macbeth by his new title, Thane of _________, as well by his current title Thane of ______ CawdorGlamis
At the beginning of the play, this good king ______. is in power in Scotland Duncan
King Duncan’s named heir is ________, his other son is __________ MalcolmDonalbain
When Macduff come knocking at Macbeth’s castle door, __________ answers with some welcome comic relief The porter
_________ sleepwalks, haunted by the knowledge of the evil he/she had done Lady Macbeth
Not of woman born, ______ ultimately kills Macbeth Macduff
________ drugs Duncan’s guards Lady Macbeth
________ kills Duncan Macbeth
________ discovers Duncan’s body Lady Macduff
________ kills the guards before anyone can question them Macbeth

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