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 Act I

3. a) What does the Captain tell King Duncan about Macbeth's battlefied deeds?
- That he is brave and showed leadership while in battle.
     b) What does the king learn from Ross about the Thane of Cawdor's activities?
- That he was a tratior and was defeated in battle.
      c) What reward for victory does Macbeth receive almost immediately from the king?
- He was given the title of Thane of Cawdor.

4. What do the three witches predict (a) for Macbeth and (b) for Banquo?
     a) Macbeth will be the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King.
     b) Banquo will be the father of kings.
5. a) What happens to the Thane of Cawdor?
- He is killed for his misdeeds
     b) Why, despite the witches' predictions, does Macbeth have reason to doubt he will succeed Duncan as king?
- The king's son, Malcom, is air to the throne.
6. a) How does Lady Macbeth first learn of the witches' predictions regarding Macbeth?
- Macbeth writes her a letter.
     b) What in Macbeth's personality does she fear may thwart his ambition?
-Macbeth is too kind.

9. Macbeth and Banquo respond differently to the witches' predictions.  (a) After becoming Thane of Cawdor, how does Macbeth react to the thought of becoming king?
-Ambition searches through Macbeth filling him with possibility that he could wear the crown.
     b) How does Banquo view the witches's predictions?
-He believes they are trying to decieve him.
10. In Scene vi, what is the irony in the description of the air surrounding Macbeth's castle?
-The castle had a pleasant and inviting atmosphere, just as a murder was being planned.
11. Why is Macbeth indecisive about killing the King?
-He doesn't want to kill his guest.
12. How does Lady Macbeth's understanding of her husband's character help her to convince him that the murder plot should be carried out?
-She questions his manhood.


*Prentice Hall Literature