MacBeth Study Guide – Act 1

In what country did Macbeth take place Scotland
The first witch answers to what spirit? Graymalkin = cat
The second witch answers to what spirit? Paddock = the toad
What battle is referred to when the second witch makes reference to “when the battle’s lost and won”? ? the battle in which Macbeth “loses his soul”
What is the name of the kind that the rebels are trying to overthrow? King Sweno
Who is the leader of the rebel army Macdonwald
What happened to Macdonwald he gets beheaded and his head was put on a stick rekt.
What is Macbeth and Banquo’s reaction when the Norwegian army is charged at them with fresh supplies of men and arms? they fought twice as hard
Who is Malcolm? Duncans oldest son
Who is Donalbain Duncans youngest son
What is a “Thane”? 2nd leader of trainer
Who does Macbeth meet in battle and ultimately defeat? Norwegian troops
What kind of arrangement was worked out with the defeated Sweno who was the King of Norway? Needs to pay 10,000 to get his men back
What does king Duncan do in regard to the futures of the Thane of Cawdor and Macbeth? lets Macbeth inherit his position
Why does the first witch decide to get revenge on the sailors wife? Because the sailors wife refused to give witch #1 her chestnuts lol
What do the witches plan to do to get revenge against the sailors wife? they plan to curse her for 81 days.
What does this line by Macbeth mean? “so foul and fair a day I have not seen.” (line 39). its a day of bad weather
The three witches greet Macbeth in 3 different ways. Explain ? they all “hail” Macbeth
What does Banquo request of the witches after Macbeth is greeted? He requests his future be told.
What is Banquo told regarding his future? He is told that he will be less than Macbeth
Who was Sinel? Sinel is Macbeth father
How do the witches exit the scene in Act 1 Scene 3? They “vanish”
What news does Ross bring to Macbeth regarding his change in status? Ross says that Macbeth will be the new King
What does Macbeth mean when he says “why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” (pg 21 line 115) he means “why do you give me this title when he’s still alive?”
What warning does Banquo give to Macbeth regarding the witches? (lines 132-139) The witches are truthful with smaller things but will ruin you with bigger situations/things.
What is the “horrified image” that causes Macbeth to say…. whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs.” he imagined that the only way he could become king is by killing the king
What does Malcolm tell his father, King Duncan, about the status of Thane of Cawdor? That Thane is dead
In act 1 scene 4, what does Duncan specifically say that makes Macbeth realize that he will never succeed Duncan as King of Scotland? ? Duncan tells Macbeth that theres a prince of Cumberland
Explain Duncans words, “Theres no art to find the minds construction in the face. he was a gentlemen on whom I built an absolute trust.” a.) who is Duncan speaking about?b.) what is meant by these words?c.) why are these words ironic? a.) speaking about Thaneb.) you can’t tell who someone really is by looking at themc.) because Macbeth realizes he needs to kill the King
What is Macbeth beginning to contemplate when he says “let not light see my black and deep desires”? Because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s going to kill the King
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she reflecting on Macbeth she says “I fear thy nature.” (Scene 5 line 16) she means that Macbeth is too kind hearted, lady Macbeth is too much of a young sav and cold blooded
Lady Macbeth beseeches the “weird sisters” and the spirits to change her states of mind. Explain (pg 33) she wanted to be ruthless, she wanted the supernatural sisters to help her murder Duncan
Whats ironic about king Duncans observations about Macbeth castle in Scene 6? He says its “pleasant” even tho he Finn get murdered later.
What is the significance of banquo’s reference to a martlet? Its significant because martlets (birds) make nests in beautiful places, even though Duncan finna be murdered
state 3 reasons why Macbeth hesitates in his ultimate decision to murder King Duncan. he’ll lose his soul, others will come after him, everyone will be sad.
What lines indicate that Macbeth does not wish to go forward with the murder? line 34: “we will proceed no further in this business
What does lady Macbeth say (in your own words) to counteract Macbeth’s momentary decision to spare Duncan Macbeth fam u a scaredy cat, I could scatter an infants brain against the wall
What steps dies lady Macbeth outline ti Macbeth in calculating Duncan’s demise? Lady Macbeth will seduce the guards and give them some alcohol.
as scene 7 comes to an end, who says… “a deceptive appearance must hide the deceiving heart knows.” Macbeth
What is the relationship between Banquo and Fleance? Banquo is the father of Fleance
Why does Banquo say that he does not want to sleep? because he has nightmares of the witches
what gift does Banquo have for lady Macbeth? a diamond
What is Macbeth response when Banquo says that he has dreamed of the “weird sisters”? he said he never thinks of the “weird sisters”
What does Macbeth mean when he tells Banquo “if you shall cleave to my consent, when ’tis. it shall make honor for you.” if you support me , you’ll be rewarded
what is the significance about “the bell”? It signals Macbeth than Lady Macbeth is ready for the murdering
What does Macbeth hallucinate? he hallucinates a dagger leading him to Duncans room.
What animals does Macbeth align himself with? wolves: hunters of night
Why does Lady Macbeth say that she has been emboldened? because she has a cup of wine
Identify some of the disturbing things Macbeth hears as he was in the process of murdering king Duncans guards he heard voices saying “murder”.
What is Lady Macbeth reactions when she is told by Macbeth that he has no intention of returning to the murder scene? she gets mad and talks about the infirmary, then puts the daggers back herself, says he’s weak
The porters job is to answer the gate. in act 2 scene 3, where does the porter imagine that he is working? the gates of hell
Who are the people and from what professions would the porter be admitting to hell. ? people that commit suicide
Why has MacDuff arrived at Macbeth’s castle at Inverness? Macduff arrives because he needs to do business with the king.
What does Lennox have to say about the kind of night it has been? he thinks its wild (earthquake, chimneys fall, birds screaming)
How does Malcolm and Donalbain react to the murder of their father, King Duncan. What did they plan to do? Malcolm is moving to England and Donalbain is moving to Ireland
After the death if Duncan is murdered, what dies ladyMacbeth do? she “faints”
What does Banquo swear to do? he swears to get revenge
According ro Ross, what monstrous act have Duncans horses done? his horses ate each other
MacDuff tells of two people who are under suspicion of killing the king, who are they and why? Malcolm and Donalbain were “bribed to kill Duncan”
What is Scone? Scone is where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth get sworn in (to be king)
Why is Macduff not going to Macbeth’s coronations? where is he going? Macduff is going to fife (his castle) he’s suspicious of Macbeth.

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