Macbeth Unit Exam Study Guide

Duncan Assassinated by Macbeth; former King.
Macbeth Killed Dancan, hired murders to kill Banquo and Fleance.
Lady Macbeth Encouraged Macbeth to kill Duncan.
Banquo His ghost appeared to Macbeth haunting him.
Macduff Kills Macbeth
Malcolm Duncan’s eldest son; Prince of Cumberland.
Lennox One of Duncan’s noblemen.
Ross Messenger who told Macduff his family was murdered.
Young Siward Attempted to kill Macbeth, but was slain instead.
Hecate Queen of the Witches
The Witches’ first prophecy? For Macbeth and Banquo? Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and eventually the king. Banquo’s desendents will be king, although he will not.
When Macbeth says “Stars, hold your fires, Let not light see my black and deep deskres.” what does he mean? He wants to be king.
Upon reading the letter, what does Lady Macbeth tell the audience her opinion of Macbeth is and how does she plan to help him? She thinks he could be a good king, but he lacks the hard-heartedness which would allow him to get the position. She will talk home into it.
What are Macbeth’s arguments to himself against killing Duncan? Macbeth is Duncan’s kinsmen and subject. Duncan is a good and popular king; his death would bring sorrow to Scotland.
What arguments does Lady Macbeth use to convince Macbeth to commit murded? What is her plan? She tells him not to be a coward, but to be a man and go and get what he wants. She will drug the Kong’s guards. Macbeth will then go into the king’s room and kill him.
Macbeth is worried when he hears a voice saying ,”Macbeth doth murder sleep.” What does Lady Macbeth tell him to do. To get cleaned up and forget about it.
What is ironic about Macduff saying “Oh, Gentle Lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak” upon finding Duncan’s body. He doesn’t know about Lady Macbeth’s part in the murder.
Why does Malcolm and Donaldson leave? They are afraid the murder will be after them too.
Why does Macbeth want Banquo and Fleance dead? He knows they suspect him. He is furious that he has done the work to become king and Banquo’s desendents will benefit.
How does Lady Macbeth cover for Macbeth at the banquet? She tells the guest he often has fits. When he really gets out of hand, she sends the guests home.
Why does Macduff say “Oh, Scotland, Scotland?” He fears for his countries failure.
What do the doctor and gentlewomen see Lady Macbeth doing? They see her sleepwalking and talking about the murders. They decide to keep an eye on her.
What is Macbeth’s reaction to Lady Macbeth’s death? He is calm, saying she would die sooner or later anyway.
Who will be King of Scotland? Macduff
All Witches “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”
All Witches “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.”
Lady Macbeth “Glamis though are, and Cawdor, shalt be what thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.”
Lady Macbeth Things without all remedy/should be without regard. What’s done is done.”
Macbeth “I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as you go o’er.”
Macduff “Such welcome and unwelcome things at once. ‘Tis hard to reconcile.”
Angus “Those he commands move only in command, nothing in love. Now does he feel title hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe upon a dwarfish thief.”
Macbeth “She would have died hereafter, there would have been time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty face from day to day…”

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