English IV Exam: Macbeth Act 1

Macbeth was written during the Elizabethan period. What is the Elizabethan period? A segment of the Renaissance when Queen Elizabeth I was the ruler of England.
The character of Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play is based on a real Scottish king of the 11th century. True
Which of the following is NOT a feature of tragedy? Ends with a wedding
How does scene i of Act I relate to the Elizabethan worldview? The stormy weather and presence of the witches creates an ominous mood that foreshadows tragedy.
Which character betrays Duncan and the Scottish troops, according to the Captain in scene ii? Macdonwald
What is the official title of the person who was the traitor (see question 5)? Thane of Cawdor
In scene ii, when the Captain tells Duncan that Banquo and Macbeth fought as though they were trying to “memorize another Golgotha” (the place where Christ was crucified), what do we learn about the battle? It was very violent and bloody.
When Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches on the heath in scene iii, which of the following is NOT one of the titles with which they hail Macbeth? Thane of Ross
What do the witches predict for Banquo? He will be the father of kings.
Which literary device is exemplified in the lines “why do you dress me/ In borrowed robes?” ? metaphor
What effect do the interactions with the witches and with Ross and Angus in scene iii have on Macbeth? He begins to think about becoming king by killing Duncan.
In lines 143-144 of scene iii, Macbeth says, “If chance will have me King, why,/ chance may crown me,/ Without my stir.” What does he mean by this? If he is destined to be king, it will happen without him acting on it.
In scene iv, who does Duncan name as his heir? Malcolm
In scene v, Lady Macbeth reads a letter written by her husband. What do the lines “my dearest partner of/ greatness” tell us about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship? He sees his wife as his equal.
Does Lady Macbeth believe Macbeth should become King? Yes, but she is concerned that he will not be able to do what it takes to get there.
When Lady Macbeth says that she wants “you spirits” to “unsex [her] here,” what does she mean? She wants to be free of her feminine qualities because they are not appropriate to contemplating murder.
In scene v, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth discuss the arrival of the king at their castle later that day/evening. Lady Macbeth gives Macbeth the advice that he should act normal and not draw any attention or suspicion to himself. Which of the following lines means that Macbeth should hide his dark thoughts while interacting with Duncan? “look like th’ innocent flower,/ But be the serpent under ‘t.”
In scene vi, Duncan arrives at Macbeth’s castle. He comments about how pleasant the castle and its surroundings are and talks about his love and respect for Macbeth. Considering that in the last scene, Macbeth and his wife were planning Duncan’s murder, Duncan’s comments are an example of: dramatic irony
What three relationships does Macbeth have with Duncan that make him second guess his plans to kill the king, in scene vii? subject, host, and kinsman
Does Macbeth believe Duncan deserves to die? No
At one point in scene vii, Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he will NOT kill Duncan. True
Which of the following strategies is NOT used by Lady Macbeth in trying to get Macbeth to go through with the plan to kill Duncan? She cries and pleads with him because she wants to be queen so badly.
How does Lady Macbeth plan to deal with the guards that will be watching Duncan’s door when he goes to sleep? She will get them drunk so they pass out or don’t know what’s going on.
Who will be framed for the murder of Duncan? The guards
How will Lady Macbeth and Macbeth draw attention away from themselves when Duncan’s death is discovered? They will pretend to be surprised and grieving when the body is found.