Macbeth Acts 1-3

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Who is the king when the play starts?

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Who is the king when the play starts?

Duncan

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Whom does Macbeth defeat in battle?

The armies of Norway and Ireland

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What do the witches prophesy?

Macbeth will be king and Banquo's children will be kings.

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What title, predicted by the witches, does Macbeth receive?

Thane of Cawdor

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Who is made heir to Duncan's throne?

Duncan's son, Malcom

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What does Lady Macbeth resolve to do?

Whatever necessary to help Macbeth become king

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What does Lady Macbeth think Macbeth lacks?

The manliness to follow through on his ambitions

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What do Lady Macbeth's words "unsex me here" mean?

She wants to set aside feminine sentiments that could hinder bloody ambitions.

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What does Macbeth realize about the consequences of Duncan's murder?

Other than satisfying his own ambitions, it will make everything worse.

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What is Lady Macbeth's plan for murdering Duncan?

Macbeth will stab him in his sleep and plant the bloody evidence on the servants.

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Why is Banquo up late?

He had nightmares about the witches.

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What eerie vision does Macbeth have before he kills Duncan?

He sees a bloody dagger floating in front of him.

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What does Macbeth hear a voice saying?

That he murdered sleep

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Why does Lady Macbeth say she didn't kill the king herself?

He looked like her father in his sleep.

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How does Lady Macbeth feel about how Macbeth carried out the murder?

She is ashamed by how scared he acts throughout the ordeal.

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What does the porter say that drinking causes?

A red nose, sleep, urination, and impotence

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Who kills the servants who look guilty of the murder?

MacBeth

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How does Lady Macbeth publicly react to the news of the murder?

She says it is horrible and pretends to faint.

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Why do Malcom and Donalbain run away from the court?

They fear that they are next to be murdered.

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Why is Macbeth named king instead of Duncan's son and heir, Malcom?

Because Malcom's flight makes him look guilty

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What does Banquo wonder about the witches' prophecy?

If his descendants will really become kings

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How does Macbeth feel about Banquo?

He fears that Banquo and his sons will cut short his reign.

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What does Macbeth hire three men to do?

Kill Banquo and his son

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Does Lady Macbeth think this murder of Banquo and his son are necessary?

No, but she'll help him if he does.

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Do the assassins succeed in killing Banquo and Fleance?

They kill Banquo but Fleance escapes.

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How does Macbeth feel about Fleance getting away unharmed?

It leaves him vulnerable.

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What does Macbeth see when he enters the banquet?

The bloody ghost of Banquo

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How does Lady Macbeth explain Macbeth's odd behavior?

She says not to worry because he's had strange visions since childhood.

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What does Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, plan for Macbeth?

To show him visions that will falsely make him feel secure

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Why does Macduff go to England?

To ask King Edward for aid in fighting Macbeth

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