Macbeth Worksheets

What characters are introduced in scene 1? the three witches
how would you interpret the line “Fair is foul”, and “foul is fair”? nothing is like fair just
What specific plan is mentioned in Scene 1? A plan they planned is to meet with Macbeth after the battle is lost or won
What three men are leading troops into battle against Duncan? Macdonwald, king of Norway, and Thane of Cowdor
Who defeated and killed Macdonwald? Macbeth
What is to be the Thane of Cawdor’s punishment for his traitorous activities? He will be killed
Who will receive his title? Macbeth
What revenge does the witch plan for the sailor whose wife wouldnt share her chestnuts? He will not be able to sleep and bad weather when they set sail
What do lines 24-25 indicate about the witches power they can influence bad things like for example manipulate the weather
What predictions do witches make for Macbeth they predict he will be the Thane of Cawdor then will become the king
Why does Macbeth react the way he does to the witches predictions? He doesnt think he will and wants to know more and he is scared
What prediction do the witches make for Banquo? His children will be king
In lines 132-141 what is the horrid image of which macbeth speaks? the witches he has previously met and he thinks the king is going to be killed
What further reward does Macbeth hope tp receive from Duncan the throne
in lines 35-39 who is named to succeed duncan to the throne? malcolm the oldest son of duncan
In lines 48-53 how does macbeth react to the announcement is upset about malcolm getting the throne
where is duncan to spend the night inverness (macbeth’s castle)
what does the nature of the letter reveal about macbeth’s relationship with his wife? They have a good relationship but she doesnt want him to become ignorant of being a king or prideful
in lines 13-22 how does Lady macbeth characterize her husband a man that is ambisious but doesnt have the determenation
in lines 36-40 why does lady macbeth call upn the spirits to unsex her to take away the woman emotions because they make her weak
in lines 59-63 what warning does she give Macbeth look innocent so that it doesnt look like their going to kill the king
What action takes place in scene 6? they want to find the Thane of Cawdor and duncan arrives at his castleq
how does lady macbeth greet duncan she is really nice and welcomes him and thanks him for everything
In his soliloquy in lines 1-28 what reasons does Macbeth give for not wanting to kill Duncan fears the consequences, hes his kingsman and host, duncan is innocent and a good king
what reason against the murder does he give Lady macbeth he doesnt want to risk anything because is the thane
what finally causes macabeth to decide to commit the murder that he will be able to blame it on duncan’s kingsmen
what “cursed thoughts” does Banquo have? suspious about Macbeth and witches prediction about Macbeth becoming king
what lie does Macbeth tell Banquo? that he has no thoughts of the withches
what is the meaning of Banquo’s answer to Macbeth in lines 26-28 he says he’s going to be loyal
what causes Macbeth to think he sees a dagger? in his vision about him killing Duncan with a dagger
At the end of scene 1, a bell rings.What do you think is the significants of this? It signals that Duncan is going to die
What omen of death does Lady Macbeth hear? the owl’s scream and the cricket’s cry
Why does Lady Macbeth say she didnt commit the murder herself? she says Duncan reminds her of her father
What words about himself does Macbeth believe he hears? He believes he hears that he will not sleep anymore
how did Macbeth mismanage the murder? he forgets to leave the daggers
Both Macbeth and his lady comment upon the effectiveness of water in cleansing away their involvement in the deed. How do they differ? Lady Macbeth says a little of water can csure us of this deed and Macbeth says a lot of water like the sea could only clear us of this deed
why has macduff come to macbeth’s castle told to by the king
What unusual things happened to Macduff and Lennox during the night? they hear screams in the night, windy, screach of death
Who discovers the murder? Macduff
Why does Macbeth kill the king’s men? so they can’t show their innocents
why might Lady Macbeth pretend to faint? to make it look like she wasnt apart of it, and it is a distraction form Macbeth talking
In lines 128-139, what actions do Malcolm and Donalbain take? Malcolm desides to go to England and Donalbain goes to Irealand to protect themselves
In lines 5-20, ROss and the Old man discuss the strange events occuring. How are these strange events similar Unatural events, show disorde, deal with death
how does popular opionon account for the murder? tey are blaming Malcolm and Donalbain because they fled
who has been named king Macbeth
why does macduff not plan to attend Macbeth’s coronations he is suspisous that Macbeth murdered King Duncan
What suspicion does Banquo voice? Suspects Macbeth of murder
What does he say that lets the audience know he is suspicious? “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all as the weird women promised, and I fear thou played most folly for’t”
Who besides Banquo know of the witches prophecies? Lady Macbeth
Why does Macbeth question Banquo about his plans? Wanted to know where he would be to let the hitmen know where to find him
What does Macbeth tell the murderers about Banquo? It’s his fault for their misfortunes
According to Macbeth, why does he himself not kill Banquo? They have mutual friends so he can’t
Who else does Macbeth want the murderers to kill? Fleance
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says:”Naught’s had, all’s spent/Where our desire is got without content”? What they did, it did’nt satisfied her. They are now miserable
From what affliction does Macbeth now suffer? nightmares
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says this: “You must leave this”? Stop thinking about Duncan or else they will go crazy
Is Lady Macbeth aware that Macbeth has planned the death of Banquo and Fleance? No
How is the planning of Banquo’s murder different than that of Duncan’s? Macbeth is in charge and he hired hitmen to kill Banquo
Who is murdered in this scene? Banquo
Who escapes? Fleance
What is Banquo’s dying request of Fleance? Revenge
What activity opens the scene? The Banquet/party
Who joins the dinner party and sits on Macbeth’s chair? The ghost of Banquo
How does Lady Macbeth explain of Macbeth’s behavior? Says he has fits like this ALL the time. It’s normal behavior
Why does Lady Macbeth ask everyone to leave? Doesn’t want everyone to see Macbeth like that and to leave him alone or else he will be mad
Who refused the invitation to the banquet? Macduff
What is Macbeth’s plan for the next day? To go see the weird sisters
What does Hecate plan to do? Trick Macbeth to let his guard down thinking that he is safe
What is implied in Lennox’s speech? That Macbeth is corrupt but no one says anything because they are all afraid of what he will do to them
Where has Macduff gone? England
What does Macduff plan to do? Help raised an army with Malcolm to defeat Macbeth
What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction to her husband’s claim to have seen a ghost? It’s nonsense
What does each of the 3 apparitions say to Macbeth? 1. Beware of Macduff2. None born of woman will harm Macbeth3. Macbeth will not be vanquished until Birnam moves up Dunsinane Hill
Why do the witches show Macbeth the eight kings? To suggest that Banquo sons will be king
What does Macbeth order to be done when he hears that Macduff has fled to England? Kill the wife, babies, and servants of Macduff
How would you describe Macbeth now, as compared to his earlier ambivalence? He is now a cold hearted killer. He’s no longer ambivalent. He doesn’t hesitate to kill anymore.
What has Ross just told Lady Macduff? That Macduff is gone to England
How does Lady Macduff react to this news? She thought Macduff was crazy and not using wisdom at all to leave his family unprotected.
What does the messenger tell Lady Macduff to do? Tells her to escape with her children
Who is killed in this scene? Lady Macduff, her children, and all the servants
Why are the murderers even more terrible than those previously committed? Its a senseless crime. Lady Macbeth, the children, and the servants are no threat to Macbeth
Why is Macduffs speech in lines 4-6 ironic? He is talking about widows and orphans and doesn’t know his family has been killed
Why doesn’t Malcolm trust Macduff? 1. Macbeth and Macduff have always been friends2. Macbeth has not harmed him in any way3. Macduff may be winning points with Macbeth by betraying Malcolm4. Macduff left his family unprotected in Scotland
In lines 25-28 what does Malcolm ask Macduff? Why he left his family without telling them goodbye or where he was going
Why did Macduff not tell his wife where he was going? It was spur of the moment and he had to handle it now. He didn’t want to tell her where he was going because he didn’t have time to calm her down or argue.
What forces has Malcolm been promised? Thousands of soldiers with old Siward to lead them.
Summarize Malcolms confession to Macduff? He tells Macduff that he is lustful, greedy, and has no kingly virtues.
Why does Malcolm say these things to Macduff? To test Macduffs loyalty
In lines 114-137, what does Malcolm tell Macduff? That he is not the way he described himself.He has troops ready to march against Macbeth.
What news about the condition of Scotland does Ross bring? It gets worse everyday and that its all violence, death, and sorrow.
What personal information does Ross bring to Macduff? That Macduff’s family and servants have been slaughtered
In lines 228-229, what does Malcolm tell Macduff to do? Change your grief into anger and get revenge
What does Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking reveal about her conscience? She is overcome with guilt
How is her hand-washing symbolic? She is trying to wash away imaginary blood but she is really trying to wash away guilt
Where are the noblemen to meet Malcolm? Near Birnam Wood
What is reported about Macbeth? He is fortifying the castle, events are out of his control, and some say he is crazy
Why does Macbeth claim to feel no fear? He is trusting the witches prophecies: everyone is born of a women and woods can never move toward castle
How does Macbeth indicate what he really feels? Sick at heart
Where does this scene take place? In the country near Birnam Wood
What are Malcolms instructions to his soldiers? Why does he have them do this? For each soldier to chop a tree branch and carry it in front of them as camouflage
According to Malcolm, what is the quality of Macbeth’s troops? A lot are in revolt. His troops are not serving him out of loyalty but from fear and habit
What news does Seyton give Macbeth? The queen is dead
What do lines 24-28 mean? His life is short and meaningless
Of what does the messenger inform Macbeth? Birnam Wood is moving toward the castle
What is accomplished in this scene? Malcolm, Siward, and Macduff divide the troops and make battle plans
In scene 7, how does Macbeth feel in lines 1-4? He feels trapped and cornered
Who is slain by Macbeth? Young Siward
What has happened to some of Macbeths men? They joined Malcolms forces
What does Macduff tell Macbeth about his birth? He was torn from his mothers wound and therefore not technically born of a women
Who kills Macbeth? Macduff
Who will be king of Scotland? Malcolm
What was the fatal flaw that resulted in Macbeth’s downfall? To much ambition
As Macbeth becomes increasingly obsessed with protecting his position, he also becomes more and more isolated and alienated. How is that demonstrated in his relationship with his wife? By act 4 Lady Macbeth is no longer involved with Macbeths affairs and has to send for him when she wants to talk to him. In act 5 her death gets little comment from him.
How were the prophecies fulfilled? 1. Beware Macduff-He killed Macbeth2. None born of a women will harm Macbeth-Macbeth was ripped from his mothers wound3. ?
How was the show of kings fulfilled? It wasn’t fulfilled
Who did Macbeth kill? Duncan, Banquo, Guards, Fleance, Macduffs family
Who did Macbeth murder? Young Siward

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