Macbeth Study Guide Questions

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Macbeth Study Guide Questions

Act I Scenes 1 & 2 1. What is the meaning of “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”? Nothing is completely good; everything comes with a price. Nothing is as it seems. It sets the deceptive tone of the whole play. 2. What description does the Captain (Sergeant) give to Duncan about battle? He tells about how Macbeth and Banqumacbeth ao fought bravely in battle. Macbeth sliced up the enemy, Macdonwald, from his navel to his mouth. 3. What characteristics of the King are evident? He is loving and appreciative of others and is a benevolent ruler. 4. What punishment is pronounced upon the Thane of Cawdor? He will be executed. 5. What reward is bestowed upon Macbeth? He becomes the new Thane of
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2. What is Macbeth’s mental and emotional state on his entrance? He is reticent and feeling guilty, shown by his shortened sentences. 3. What is the effect of the news of Duncan’s murder on: Macduff, on Banquo? Macduff is horrified and runs out of the room crying that Duncan has been murdered. He is very emotional. Banquo is disbelieving and shocked. 4. What do Malcolm and Donalbain decide to do? Flee the kingdom so as to avoid being killed as well. This ends up making them appear guilty. 5. Why did Macbeth kill the grooms? He was so mad that they “killed” Duncan that he killed them in his rage.

Scene 4 – 1. Where does Macbeth go to get crowned? Scone 2. Where is Duncan’s body taken? “Colmekill,/The sacred storehouse of his predecessors,/And guardian of their bones.”
Macbeth -- Act III
Scene 1 – 1. What is Banquo’s opinion of Macbeth’s conduct? He feels that Macbeth has cheated to make the witches’ prophecy come true. 2. What does Banquo say of the prediction of the Weird Sisters concerning himself and of the prospect of its being fulfilled? Because Macbeth’s part of the prophecy has come true, he believes his part will as well. 3. What invitation does Macbeth give Banquo? He invites Banquo to a feast that night. 4. What was Macbeth’s reason for asking Banquo, “Ride you this afternoon?” He wants to know Banquo’s plans so he can send the murderers after him. 5. What

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