Macbeth: Act I

Who will the three witches meet? Macbeth
What does Malcom ask the captain to tell Duncan? The action that is going on at the battlefront
What name does Macbeth deserve? Brave Macbeth
The witches greet Macbeth with three titles. List the three titles Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, King
What prophecy do the witches give Banquo? He will be less, but greater than Macbeth, less happier but much happier than Macbeth, and Banquo will never be king but his descendants will be.
What does Banquo say the “instruments of darkness” are capable of doing? Manipulating you into doing something bad, and therefore ruining you
In Macbeth’s short soliloquy, he argues that the witches prophecy cannot be “ill” because why? Two of the three titles that they gave him came true
In his short soliloquy, he argues that it cannot be good. What image does he imagine that makes him feel frightened? He imagines killing King Duncan so that he can become king himself.
To satisfy his fear, Macbeth thinks it might be possible to be king without what? Him killing King Duncan
What reason does Banquo give to Ross and Angus for Macbeth’s odd behavior? Banquo says that Macbeth is acting odd because he is just getting used to the titles he’s been given
What does Malcom report Cawdor did at his execution? Confessed his crimes and asked for a pardon from the King
For what does Duncan apologize to Macbeth for? For not appreciating him and not being able to repay him for his honor
What does Duncan announce about Malcom? That Malcom is named Prince of Cumberland aka heir to the throne
Duncan says that they should go to ‘Inverness’. What is Inverness? MacBeth’s castle
What does Macbeth say about the Prince of Cumberland? He is extremely mad that it is Malcom and not him
What is Lady Macbeth doing at the beginning of the scene? Reading Macbeth’s letter
What is Lady Macbeth afraid stands in the way of Macbeth becoming king? Macbeth is too good and pure to actually go through with his plan to kill Duncan?
What does Lady Macbeth compare Macbeth’s face to? A book
What does Lady Macbeth instruct Macbeth to do? Be a man
How does Lady Macbeth’s behavior toward Duncan differ from her true intentions? Lady Macbeth acts all respectable around Duncan when even though she really wants to kill him