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Guided Reading Questions for Macbeth, Part I


Instructions: While reading (or after completing) the play Macbeth, answer the questions that begin at the
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1. What has just ended when the play begins? What role did Macbeth play in that event?
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2. Who is Banquo? At the beginning of the play, what kind of relationship does he have with Macbeth?
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3. What is Macbeths title at the beginning of the play?
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4. What do the Three Sisters (the witches) say to Macbeth that surprises him? Aside from surprise, what other
thought does he have?
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5. How do the Three Sisters greet Banquo? How does he react?


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6. Who is Malcolm? Why is Macbeth upset when King Duncan names him Prince of Cumberland?
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7. When Lady Macbeth learns how the Three Sisters greeted Macbeth, what does she decide to do? Why does she
think Macbeth might not agree?
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8. How does Lady Macbeth pressure her husband into going along with her plan?
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9. What vision does Macbeth see as he goes to put the plan into action? What does this reveal about his feelings
toward the crime?
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10. What does Macbeth imagine he heard as he left the crime scene? Why does it bother him so much?
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11. What sight particularly horrifies Macbeth after the crime? How does Lady Macbeth tell him to deal with it?
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12. As he goes to answer the knocking at the gate, where does the Porter of Inverness Castle pretend he is?
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13. After Macduff discovers King Duncans body, what does Macbeth do? What reason does he give?
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14. What do the princes Malcolm and Donalbain agree to do after their father is found dead?
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15. What are some of the strange events that occur the day after Duncans murder?
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Guided Reading Questions for Macbeth, Part II


Instructions: While reading (or after completing) the play Macbeth, answer the questions below.

1. After he is crowned king, why is Macbeth anxious about Banquo? What action does he take in response to his fear?
What goes wrong with his plan?
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2. What does Macbeth mean when he says to Lady Macbeth, Oh, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! (III.ii.36).
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3. Why does Macbeth say, The time has been, / That when the brains were out, the man would die, / And there an end;
but now they rise again, / With twenty mortal murders [death-wounds] on their crowns, / And push us from our
stools?
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4. What do each of the following apparitions tell Macbeth?
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5. How does Macbeth decide to avenge what he sees as Macduffs betrayal? How does Shakespeare make the scene of
Macbeths revenge especially upsetting?
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6. What is Malcolm doing in England?
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7. Why does Malcolm tell Macduff, Be this the whetstone [Let this be the sharpening stone] of your sword; let grief /
Convert to anger; blunt not the heart, enrage it! (IV.iii.228-229).
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8. After not being onstage for a whole act, Lady Macbeth (now the queen) finally reappears. How has she changed?
Why? What does her outward condition reveal about inner state?
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9. In the soliloquies Macbeth recites in the last scenes, what does he reveal to us about his inner state of mind?
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10. As the English armies led by Malcolm and his allies close in on Macbeth, Macbeth continues to defy the odds against
him. Why?
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11. When they confront each other in battle, why does Macduff tell Macbeth, Macduff was from his mothers womb /
Untimely ripped (V.viii.15-16)?
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12. What caused Macbeths fall?
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