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Macbeth Questions

Act 1

1. What are the witches planning at the beginning of the act?

2. What does the Captain report about the battle to Duncan?

3. What title is given to Macbeth for bravery in the battle?

4. What happened to the original Thane of Cawdor and why did he lose his title?

5. How do the witches greet Macbeth after the battle?

6. What do the witches mean when they say, 'Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none'?

7. What news is brought by Ross and Angus?

8. What happens that causes Macbeth to recalculate his ease of becoming king?

9. What is the signifigance of Lady Macbeth's "unsex me" scene?

10. What has Lady Macbeth scemed to do to the King?

11. Why does the King come to Macbeth's castle?

12. How sure is Lady Macbeth that this plot will succeed?

Act 2

1. What does Macbeth ask of Banquo at the beginning of Act 2?

2. What is Macbeth doing in his soliloquy?

3. How guilty does Macbeth feel after committing the murder?

4. What does Macbeth wish the knocking could do?

5. What is the first reaction to the King's death and who's is it?

6. Was does Macbeth do to the supposed murderers and why?

7. What symbolism does Lady Macbeth's fainting have and how is it ironic?

8. Why do Malcolm and Donalbain decide to flee?
9. What meaning does the line, 'God's benison go with you, and with those that would make good of bad, and friends of foes!' have?

Act 3

1. Why does Macbeth have Banquo killed?

2. Why does Macbeth hire murderers to kill Banquo?

3. How does Macbeth feel with his new found power?

4. What happens when the murderers try to kill Banquo and his son?

5. What does the ghost of Banquo do to Macbeth's paranoia?

6. How does Lady Macbeth make her husband feel better after seeing the ghost?

Act 4

1. What are the witches doing at the beginning of this act?

2. What three things does Macbeth learn from...
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