Macbeth Final Exam Review

Who is King Duncan? He is the good king of Scotland who loves Macbeth for his noble and brave acts. When the first Thane of Cawdor betrays his kingdom he moves Macbeth to this title. In Macbeth’s thirst for power he eventually kills Duncan.
Who is Malcolm? He is King Duncan’s son, who is to say, is to inherit his father’s throne once he dies.
Who is Donalbain? King Duncan’s other and youngest son.
Who is Macbeth? Scottish general and thane of Glamis who is led to evil thoughts when three witches predict that he will be thane of Cawdor, which comes true, and that he will later become king.
Who is Lady Macbeth? The wife of Macbeth. She is deeply ambitious who has a great passion for power. She is definitely the stronger and more in compassionate in the marriage. She shows her love for power and her evil thoughts through Macbeth’s longing for murdering King Duncan.
Who is Fleance? Banquo’s son. His name sounds like fleeing which he does.
Who is Banquo? Macbeth’s friend and a Scottish General, whose children are predicted (by the witches) to be kings. Like Macbeth, he also has ambitions, but he doesn’t project his thoughts into actions.
Who is Macduff? A Scottish nobleman who, when Macbeth becomes king, is unpleased from the start.
Who is Lennox? Scottish noblemen later on he questions Macbeth.
Who is Ross? a Scottish nobleman who tells many people about the victories and brave acts Macbeth performs during war. Macbeth’s cousins.
Who are the witches? These are the ugly ones who predict Macbeth’s becoming of king, which leads to many murders. It is unknown to what kind of creatures they are, but we know that they enjoy toying with people’s lives and that they feel no remorse towards others.
Who is Siward? Duncan’s brother leads English army against Macbeth and loses his son in battle.
Who is Hecate? The leader of the witches.
Who are the Apparitions? The three ghostly beings that came out of the cauldron.
Explain the meaning of the witches utterance “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” SHORT ANSWER The witches saying of “Fair is foul and foul is fair,” explains appearance vs. reality, how one can seem fair, while they are foul. It also is foreshadowing the evil acts that will cloud Macbeth’s mind that will seem fair to him, but foul to others. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Witches are grotesque so they mess up with people lives to change their appearance to others.
Why does Duncan give the title of Cawdor to Macbeth? Duncan gives the title of Cawdor to Macbeth because the old thane of Cawdor betrayed him and his kingdom during war and was beheaded. While Macbeth lead Scotland to victory in a war and committed brave acts.
Why does the First Witch seek revenge on the woman at the beginning of Act I, scene iii? What does this tell the audience about the witches? The First Witch seeks revenge on the woman at the beginning of Act 1 because she wouldn’t give her chestnuts when she asked the woman. This tells the audience that the witches feel no remorse .
When Banquo and Macbeth meet the witches, what prophecies do the witches make for Macbeth? 1. That he is Thane of Glamis 2. That he is to be Thane of Cawdor 3. That he will be King
What prophecies do the witches make for Banquo? 1. That his sons will be kings 2. That he will be greater but not greater than Macbeth 3. That he will be happier but not happier than Macbeth.
How does Lady Macbeth learn about the witches’ prophecies for Macbeth? What is her reaction? Lady Macbeth learns about the witches’ prophecies for Macbeth from a letter Macbeth wrote to her. Her reaction is that he is too soft not acting harshly enough.
What is Lady Macbeth’s plan for killing Duncan? Lady Macbeth’s plan for killing Duncan is to get his guards severely drunk and wait to kill him until he is asleep. When Duncan is asleep they will kill him.
In a soliloquy, Macbeth lists three reasons why Duncan does not deserve to be murdered. What are they? Three reasons Macbeth believes Duncan should not be murdered are because he is Duncan’s kinsman and subject, his host, and that he is such a humble leader there will be a great mourning when he is dead.
In the same soliloquy, what does Macbeth reveal as his only motivation for wanting to murder Duncan? Ambition.
Who does Duncan name to inherit the throne after his death? His oldest son Malcolm
After visiting Duncan’s room and hearing one attendant exclaim, “God bless you,” Macbeth is unable to say, “Amen.” Why does this concern him? Macbeth’s not being able to say “Amen” bothers him because it remind him of the unGodly act he is going to commit, the murder of King Duncan. He isn’t worthy to say anything holy because of what he has done.
Why doesn’t Lady Macbeth kill Duncan when she has the chance? What tasks related to the murder does she perform? Lady Macbeth doesn’t kill Duncan when she has the chance because Duncan reminds her of her father. She gets King Duncan’s guards drunk to allow Macbeth to kill the king and takes the daggers back from Macbeth and smears blood on the guards.
What explicit details in the Porter’s speech might support the idea that the castle is hell? Details from the text that the Porter describes that supports the idea of the castle being hell include: (1-20) “Porter of the hell gate,” “Beelzebub,” “here you’ll sweat,” in th’ other devil’s name,” “This place is too cold for hell. I’ll devil-porter it no further,” “the primrose way to the eternal bonfire”
What evidence of pathetic fallacy—nature mirroring human events—occur after Duncan’s murder? SHORT ANSWER So first off the owl shrieks as a warning that Duncan is either dying or is dead such as when officials used to ring the bell outside of a convicts cell, symbolizing that they’re about to die. Then Duncan’s horses go wild and start eating each other representing that the kingdom is going against each other, Banquo and Macbeth are friends and then they go against each other, or the guilt of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s guilt eating at them.
Why does Macduff choose not to attend Macbeth’s coronation? Macduff chooses not to attend Macbeth’s coronation because he believes that Macbeth did not earn his new title’s honestly, and decides he won’t honor a man who might have done falsely things to become king.
Where do Duncan’s two sons—Malcolm and Donalbain- decide to go after the murder? Why do they decide to flee? Duncan’s son Malcolm and Donalbain flee to England and Ireland because their father was murdered and they believe that they might also be murdered.
After the murder of Duncan, why does Macbeth fear Banquo? Macbeth fears Banquo because he believes that the witches prophecy for Banquo (that his children and later descendants will be king) will become true and he doesn’t want that to happen.
How does Macbeth convince the murderers to kill Banquo? Macbeth convinces the murderers to kill Banquo by telling them that their terrible lives are Banquo’s fault and so he deserves to be killed. Macbeth also questions the murderer’s manhood.
What is the significance of the rhyming couplet in Macbeth words to the murderer?​”It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul’s flight/It if find heaven, find it out tonight.” Macbeth has made the decision to kill Banquo and is telling Banquo that he will find out tonight if he is going to heaven or not.
Macbeth alludes to nightmares that have been afflicting him and Lady Macbeth? In what way is sleeplessness a theme in this play? SHORT ANSWER Sleepiness is a theme in the play because it signifies that when you commit a crime or awful sin it sticks with you forever and there is nothing you can do to run away… Like you can’t run away from your mind.
Explain the attitudes and roles of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth regarding the murders of Duncan and Banquo. SHORT ANSWER Lady Macbeth’s attitude towards Duncan’s murder was very forceful. She really wanted to murder Duncan so she could become queen. During his murder, her role was to get the King’s guards drunk. Macbeth wasn’t sure if he wanted to kill Duncan and that it wad the right thing to do. Macbeth’s role in Duncan’s murder was to murder the King. When Macbeth talked about killing Banquo to Lady Macbeth she wasn’t so keen on the idea, while Macbeth told her it was going to be good and that everything was going to be fine. Lady Macbeth had no role in Banquo’s murder, while Macbeth hired three murderer’s to kill Banquo and his son Fleance.
How is Fleance’s escape a turning point for Macbeth? Fleance’s escape really made Macbeth mad, which is a turning point in Macbeth’s power hunger. Fleance escaping made his throne less secure. This really angered Macbeth because if things would have went right his throne would be secured. Just another thing in his way of keeping his throne.
Explain the context of this quotation: “There the grown serpent lies; the worm that’s fled/Hath nature that in time will venom breed/No teeth for th’ present.” This quotation explains the death of Banquo and how Fleance escaped, but he won’t be a threat to. Macbeth until he is older and is able to reproduce.
What ghost appears at Macbeth’s dinner table? How does this affect Macbeth? How does Lady Macbeth’s react to her husband’s behavior? Banquo’s ghost appears at Macbeth’s dinner table. The ghost’s appearance really freaks Macbeth out and Lady Macbeth acts like it is totally normal for him to do this, that he has done it since he was little. She was telling the guests or not worry about and to get back to dinner.
When visiting the witches again, what 3 apparitions does Macbeth see and what does each predict for him? SHORT ANSWER The three apparitions that showed up were the head with a helmet on, a bloody child, and a baby with a crown and a tree. The head with the helmet predicts to beware of Macduff, the bloody child predicts you don’t have to fear any man born of woman, the baby with the crown and tree predicts that in order to defeat Macbeth the Birnam Wood has to move towards Dunsinane.
Describe the significance of the appearance of Banquo and his lineage. SHORT ANSWER It is important to show the 7 kings and Banquo’s to tell Macbeth that he is still threatened with his throne and title.
In what way does the conversation between Lady Macduff and her son serve as comic relief? SHORT ANSWER Lady Macduff asked what her son would do without a son, and the son said what are you going to do without a husband. Then Lady Macduff said that she has many men to pick from.
What 3 faults does Malcolm claim to possess, making him unfit for the crown? SHORT ANSWER He has no noble kingly qualities, has lusts after women, and steals from people or greedy.
How does Macduff eventually prove his trustworthiness to Malcolm? SHORT ANSWER Macduff shows that he is loyal to his country.
After being told about the death of his wife and family, how does Malcom convince Macduff to use his anger against Macbeth? SHORT ANSWER Be a man, stand up for yourself and your family, and kill Macbeth.
Sleep and sleeplessness are other themes in the play. Describe Lady Macbeth’s actions during her sleepwalking. What do you think Lady Macbeth’s disturbed sleep represents? SHORT ANSWER She tries to wash her hands, talking to herself and Macbeth, she always has her light to make a positive light for herself. The sleep walking represents her guilt.
The doctor does not help Lady Macbeth and does not satisfy Macbeth. What do you think is the purpose of having him appear in the play? SHORT ANSWER The point of putting the doctor in there represents the reader in the play, someone who actually hears the truth.
As the camouflaged forces move on Dunsinane, how will they look to an observer on the battlements of the castle? SHORT ANSWER It looks like the Forest is moving and the prophecy.
When does Lady Macbeth die? SHORT ANSWER She dies when the England army is invading.
At the end of the play, what has become of Macbeth? Who becomes the king? SHORT ANSWER Macbeth is killed by Macduff and Malcolm becomes king.
The last act of Macbeth contains the play’s climax, the moment when the major character’s conflict is finally resolved. What part of Act V do you consider the conflict? What is resolved? SHORT ANSWER The conflict of Act V is when Macduff finally gets to fight Macbeth and the conflict is restored by Macduff killing Macbeth. Macbeth decides whether to fight or not because he believes he is invincible, he decides to do so and the conflict is restored with him being defeated and killed. Macbeth’s guilt, ends with him dying. Macduff and Malcolm and all them don’t like Macbeth being king and create an army