Macbeth Test Review

(Act.I.Sec.I.) What do the nurse (gentlewoman) and the doctor see? They see Lady Macbeth sleepwalking holding a candle and writing a letter.
(Act.I.Sec.I.) What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says, “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!…will these hands never be clean.” She can’t wash the blood (or her sins) off of her hands
(Act.I.Sec.I.) What is wrong with Lady Macbeth at this point of the play? She is going insane because of the murders that she and her husband plotted.
(Act.I.Sec.II.) What happens in this scene? What new characters are introduced? Why? Menetieth, Caithness, and Angus are introduced in this scene. It shows that other Scottish Thanes are rebelling against Macbeth, and not just England
(Act.I.Sec.II.) What is the significance of the scene? It shows that other Scottish Thanes are rebelling against Macbeth, and not just England
(Act.I.Sec.II.) What is meant when Caithness says, “Some say he’d mad; others that lesser hate him do call it valiant fury”? Macbeth is a brave person to stand up to an army, even as all the Scottish thanes leave him.
(Act.I.Sec.III.) How would you describe Macbeth’s attitude and mood in this scene? He is confident and feels invincible
(Act.I.Sec.III.) Why isn’t Macbeth afraid? Do his soldier’s seem afraid? Why or why not? Macbeth isn’t afraid because the trees have not yet moved. Yes because they can still be killed, and Macbeth is handing them their death sentence by rushing them into battle.
(Act.I.Sec.IV.) What does Malcolm order the soldiers to do? Malcolm orders his soldiers to cut down the forest (Birnam wood) and use it as camouflage to make sure that Macbeth does not know how large their army is. This is important because the Witches foresaw that Macbeht would not be conquered until Birnam Wood moved.
(Act.I.Sec.V.) What is meant when Macbeth says, “She should have died here-after”? There are two meanings to this, either he believes that it was going to happen sooner or later, so it’s best that she dies now, or that she died to young, and should have become queen.
(Act.I.Sec.V.) What is the significant of the following quote, “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is told no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.” Macbeth says this when he hears of Lady Macbeth’s death. Shakespeare uses this idea in another play as well. He is basically saying that Life has no meaning.
(Act.I.Sec.VI.) What is important about this scene? The army reaches Macbeth’s castle, and drops their branches revealing how large they are.
(Act.I.Sec.VII.) Who does Macbeth kill in this scene? What is significant about this death? Macbeth kills Siward in this scene. It verified that Macbeth is invincible, and it shows that even the English have to sacrifice to get rid of Macbeth
(Act.I.Sec.VIII.) What happens in this scene? Macbeth is slain by Macduff, and Malcolm is announced King.
(Act.I.Sec.VIII.) Why does Macbeth lose heart in the fight against Macduff? Macduff was brought into the world through a C-Section so he was technically not “born” therefor Macbeth was not invincible against him.
(Act.I.Sec.VIII.) Who is named king at the end of the play? Malcolm