Macbeth Quiz

Duncan King of Scotland
Malcom & Donalbain Duncan’s sons
Macbeth General in the king’s army; Thane of Glamis
Lady Macbeth wife of Macbeth
Banquo General in the king’s army; valued nobleman
Macduff Thane of Fife; Scottish nobleman
Lennox, Rosse, Menteth, Angus, Cathness Scottish noblemen
Fleance Banquo’s son
Siward Earl of Northumberland, leader of the English troops; father of Young Siward
Seyton Macbeth’s servant
Three Witches known as The Weird Sisters
Hecate Queen of the Witches
When was Macbeth written? 1603; refers to 1100’s
What are the two conflicts in the play? -Quell the uprising spurred by traitor McDonaldwald-Keep Norway out of Scotland!
What battle has just been won by Scotland and who is considered the primary hero of the battle? What reward does this ‘hero’ receive from the King Duncan (King of Scotland)? A battle between Scotland and Norway has just been won. Macbeth was the primary hero of the battle, and as a result, he gets the thane of Cawdor’s titles.
What do the three witches predict for Macbeth? What do they predict for Banquo? For Macbeth: Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, King of ScotlandFor Banquo: lesser but greater, not so happy but happier, …”get” kings but be none
Lady Macbeth has great ambition. What does she propose Macbeth do after she receives his letter about his ‘reward’? What does Lady Macbeth fear in her husband’s personality that may prevent him from achieving this ‘great ambition’? Lady Macbeth proposes that she and her husband kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth fears that her husband does not have what it takes to seize the crown because he is too kindhearted and not aggressive enough. She feels that Macbeth resembles “the innocent flower”. She knows that Macbeth wants to be king, but she can tell he is afraid of doing what he needs to do to win the title.
What will Lady Macbeth do to help Macbeth carry out their ambitious plans? To carry out their ambitious plans, Lady Macbeth shows Macbeth how to look innocent so that her plans are not obvious. Lady Macbeth says, “leave all the rest to me”.
This Act is the last time the audience hears of Macbeth’s qualms about the proposed action his wife is convincing him to take. Name some of these qualms. Macbeth talks about how he should be protecting the king from harm and closing the door on his murderer, but now Macbeth will be the murderer. Macbeth also talks about how good of a leader Duncan is, and how free of corruption he is, so he would feel bad not being loyal to him. Lastly, Macbeth can’t imagine the horrible news of him committing murder that will be going around the town.
What finally convinces Macbeth that he needs to do what his wife had first suggested? Macbeth is finally convinced and on board with the plan once Lady Macbeth says that they can blame the crime on the drunken servants by covering them with Duncan’s blood and leaving the bloody daggers with them.
How would you describe the relationship between Macbeth and his wife? The relationship between Macbeth and his wife is corrupt. Macbeth’s wife is very controlling and overbearing. She seems to be the only person who makes decisions for the two of them. During Shakespeare’s time, women were viewed as very passive, but Lady Macbeth acts more aggressive than other woman her day.
Describe Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s plan to kill King Duncan. They plan to get the guards drunk and then murder Duncan. Once the murder is executed, they plan to plant the bloody knives on the guards.
Briefly describe the events leading up to the discovery of King Duncan’s murder. Many people are under suspicion for the crime, at various times, during this Act. Explain. Macduff discover’s Duncan’s dead body. The Macbeth’s are surprised at this. Lady Macbeth faints to kill the tension. Duncan’s sons plan to flee so that no one can com after them.
How do Macbeth and Lady Macbeth react differently to Duncan’s murder? Macbeth begins to talk about it and in a way rants. He says that he already murdered the guards. Lady Macbeth faints so that the attention is drawn away from Macbeth and his rambling.
Where are Macbeth, Malcolm, and Donalbain at the close of this Act? Macbeth is said to have gone to get the crown. Malcolm says that he is going to England and Donalbain to Ireland.
What is the difference between ambition and Macbeth’s ‘blind,’ ‘o’erleaping,’ or ‘vaulting’ ambition’? In many cases, ambition has a positive outcome. Macbeth’s mistake was having blind ambition and not considering the possibilities that would come of it.
What can Macbeth mean when he says (after Duncan’s murder): “Sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep.” Macbeth says that he will be restless now that he has done such a deed.
Why doesn’t Lady Macbeth kill King Duncan herself? She says that she would, if Duncan didn’t look so much like her father.
How does the ‘knocking -at-the-gate’ scene with the Porter provide “comic relief” in Act II? The porter is drunk and saying silly things. This relives the tension and despair from the murder.
Shakespeare was very much interested in masculine and feminine behaviors. Think of the scenes just before and just after the murder of Duncan. How have Macbeth and Lady Macbeth ‘traded places’? In this Act, Lady Macbeth holds a more overbearing and powerful position over Macbeth. She seems to ‘wear the pants’ in the relationship in comparison to Macbeth who seems timid and afraid.
What prevents Macbeth from enjoying his kingship? The fear that there are others that can threaten his reign.
How is the appearance of Banquo’s ghost an indication of a guilty conscience? Macbeth reacts to the ghost very fearfully and seems crazy. It shows how killing Banquo and all the murders are driving Macbeth mad and how he is very perturbed by it.
Summarize the growing feelings of opposition to Macbeth’s kingship (who, why?). Lennox and Macduff begin to question Macbeth.
Name the three apparitions and explain what they tell Macbeth. Explain what the final vision (multiple mirrors) shows him. Why does Macbeth assume he is safe until he dies of old age? The three apparitions are of a armed head, bloody child, crowned child. The armed head says to beware of Macduff. The bloody child says that none of woman born can defeat Macbeth. The crowned child warns that Macbeth never “vanquished be” until Birnam Woods meet Dunsinane Hill. Macbeth things he is safe because everyone is technically born of woman and the woods can never reach Dunsinane. The final vision is of a line of kings.
How does Malcolm test the trustworthiness of Macduff? What does this “game” reveal about Malcolm’s character and his readiness to take over the leadership of Scotland as their rightful king? Malcolm tests Macduff by telling Macduff about all of the terrible vices that Malcolm claims to have. Malcolm says that he is more greedy than Macbeth, that he will take advantage of any woman near him, and that he has none of the graces that would be considered necessary for a “good king”. Malcolm doesn’t make the same naive mistake that his father made by trusting whoever.
How would you characterize Macduff based upon his responses to Malcolm and his reaction to Ross’s news about his murdered wife and family? He is open to emotions and doesn’t NOT want to feel the pain of losing his family. He is sensitive.
4. State the murders committed by Macbeth up to Act IV. Although all murders are horrendous, in your opinion, which of the murders represents Macbeth at his most treacherous and why? Macbeth has murdered Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff’s family. Macduff’s family was most treacherous because they were completely innocent and it just showed how nervous and threatened Macbeth was by Macduff.
To what 3 previous things does Lady Macbeth refer in her sleepwalking? She talks about washing the blood of her hands, the murder of Lady Macduff and … ?
What is the fate of Lady Macbeth? She will die, only God can cure her.
How do the witches trick Macbeth with the 2nd prophecy concerning ‘no man of woman born’? Macduff was actually born of a c-section and this breaks the spell.
How do the witches trick Macbeth with the 3rd prophecy concerning Birnam Wood? The army comes to Dunsinane carrying the branches of Birnam wood.
How have Macbeth and Lady Macbeth reversed roles by the end of the play? Macbeth is more manly and strong and ill-willed versus Lady Macbeth who proves to be flawed by her visions and crazy self.
What is Macbeth’s fate? ?
Define ‘tragic hero’– Is Macbeth one? Support A tragic hero can be defined as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. Macbeth is one in that he is destined for defeat. He is also one because his tragic flaw ends up being his thirst for power which leads him to his death.

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