Macbeth- Study Guide Questions Act 1

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Last updated: May 14, 2019
What is the point of the first scene in reference to the whole play?
It sets an evil over the whole play; they are going to bring about Macbeth’s destruction

What does Duncan call Macbeth when he hears that Macbeth has defeated Macdonwald?
A valiant cousin, worthy gentleman

Who is sentenced to death?
Thane of Cawdor

What do the witches predict in Act 1, Scene 3 for Macbeth? For Banquo?
Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor, and king. Banquo is lesser than Macbeth yet greater, he won’t be king but his sons will.

What news does Ross bring Macbeth?
The battle is over and Duncan bestowed him the Thane of Cawdor in addition to having the Thane of Glamis

What does Banquo say about the “instrument of darkness”?
tell us truth to win us over, and give us little victories/rewards to lead us to greater destruction

Macbeth says “Stars hide your fires/ Let light see my black desires” what desires is he talking about?
his desire to take over, be king, and get more power

After Lady Macbeth reads his letter, what does she say about her husband and how does she plan to “help” him?
that he is not ruthless enough to take control of what he wants; and she will talk him into it

What is Lady Macbeth’s prayer to the spirits after she learns Duncan is coming?
for the spirits to make her as cruel and ruthless as she can be

What advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth when he arrives home?
be the perfect host and act innocent but be ready to strike when needed

What are Macbeth’s reasons for why he should not kill Duncan?
Duncan is Macbeth’s king, relative, and guest

What arguments does Lady Macbeth use to convince Macbeth to commit the murder?
she questions Macbeth’s manhood: man or mouse? And there is no way they can fail

What is Lady Macbeth’s plan?
drug the guards, kill Duncan, and frame the guards by using their daggers and put Duncan’s blood on them

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