1. What atmosphere is established in Scene 1?
A dark, creepy, evil atmosphere is established in Scene 1.
2. How does Banquo describe the Witches when he first sees them upon the heath? He describes them as looking like Aliens. They look shriveled up and wrinkled and they have beards so he is not sure if they are male or female.
3. Macbeth is reported to be a valiant soldier in Act I. The line, “Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’chops And fixed his head upon our battlements”, paints a different Macbeth. What can you infer from that line?
It is portraying Macbeth as a brave soldier.
4. In Scene 1 the Witches say, “Foul is fair and fair is foul.” Which characters do you consider fair or foul? I consider the witches to be foul as well as Lady Macbeth. Macbeth and Baquo are fair because they are brave even though Macbeth does wrong.
5. Why do you think Shakespeare opened Scene 3 with the Witches discussing an evil deed they have committed? He opened the Scene that way so we would feel the negative atmosphere and be prepared for bad things to start happening.
6. What prophesies do the Witches make for Macbeth and Banquo? The witches tell Macbeth that he is going to be king.
7. What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says of Macbeth, “Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way”? She is saying that she fears that Macbeth is too kind to kill for the crown even though that is what she wants him to do.
8. Macbeth is having second thoughts about killing Duncan. What are the reasons he gives? Based on these reasons what does he decide?
9. What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says, “Was hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since? And wakes it now to look so green and pale”?
10. What decision does Macbeth make at the end of Act I? What has Lady Macbeth said to influence his decision?
Act II Study QuestionsName____________________
1. What are Banquo’s concerns about the Witches prophecy? What is Macbeth’s response?
2. What does Macbeth see when Banquo and Fleance leave and what does he say about it?
3. What was Lady Macbeth unable to do in Duncan’s chamber? Why?
4. What was Macbeth’s reaction when he returned from Duncan’s chamber? What did he say?
5. Who was sleeping in the second chamber? Why did Shakespeare include that information in the play?
6. Macbeth is unable to return to Duncan’s chamber with the bloody daggers. Why do you think he fears going back?
7. What does Lennox say to Macbeth about the previous night?
8. Who discovers that Duncan has been murdered?
9. Why does Macbeth say he has murdered the guards?
10. Why do Donalbain and Malcolm leave? Where do they say they are going? Act III Study QuestionsName ______________________
1. As Act III begins Banquo is reflecting on what has happened to Macbeth. What three events does he state and what does he hope for himself?
2. What reason does Macbeth give the Murderers for wanting Banquo killed? What reason does he give for not doing it himself?
3. Why do you think Macbeth does not tell Lady Macbeth about his plan to murder Banquo and Fleance?
4. When Banquo’s ghost enters the banquet what is Macbeth’s reaction?
5. What does Lady Macbeth say to the guest is the reason for his behavior?
6. Does Macbeth recognize the ghost? How do you know he does?
7. What does Hecate say she is going to do to Macbeth? Why does she think he will respond to her?
8. What does Lennox say about Malcolm, Donalbain, and Fleance?
9. Where has Macduff gone and why?
10. What does Lennox hope for?
Act IV Study QuestionsName________________________
1. What are the Witches doing at the beginning of Act IV?
2. What are the three statements...