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Macbeth Study Guide Act IV


1. Act 4.1 44-45: Witch 2 says, "By the pricking of my thumb, Something wicked this way
comes." Who comes?

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2. In Act 1 when Macbeth encounters the witches he is mystified, shocked and somewhat
deferential (respectful) at their presence and predictions. What is Macbeth's attitude towards the
witches in Act 4?

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3. What four things did the witches show Macbeth? What does each show/say? What is
Macbeth's reaction?

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4. Macbeth says (about the witches), "Infected be the air whereon they ride, And damned all
those that trust them!" What is Macbeth, in effect, saying about himself?

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5. Why does Macbeth have Macduff's family and servants killed?

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6. Where is Macduff in Act 4 and what is he doing there?

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7. In Act 4.2 62- 64 why does Lady Macduff's son say liars and swearers are fools?

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8. In Act 4.3 27-29, Malcolm says, "Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell. Though all
things foul would wear the brows of grace, Yet grace must still look so." Who is he talking about
and what does that mean?

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11. Act 4.3 117, Macduff says, "Oh, Scotland, Scotland!" What is he lamenting?

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10. / 11. What type of king does Malcolm tell Macduff he (Malcolm) will be? Why does he say
such things?

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12. In Act 4.3 what news does Ross bring to Macduff? Describe his full reaction.

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Macbeth Study Guide Act V


1. What do the doctor and gentlewoman see Lady Macbeth doing? What is ironic about what she
is saying (refer to Act 2..2 60-61)?

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2. What three things does Lady Macbeth recall?

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3. What does Macbeth want the doctor to do for his wife?

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4. What do we learn about the English forces opposing Macbeth from Menteith and Lennox at
the beginning of scene two? (such as the leaders, the reason they fight, the age of the troops)

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5. In Act 5.2 12-22, Caithness and Angus reveal what the people and the troops think of
Macbeth, as well as how he is handling his position. What are they saying about him?

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6. What trick does Malcolm use to hide the number of men in his army? How is this related to
what the witches/apparition say in Act 4.1 103-106.

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7. In Act 5.4 14-22Malcolm says, "And none serve with him but constrained things Whose hearts
are absent, too." What does that mean?

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8. What is Macbeths state of mind before he hears Birnam Wood is moving?

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9. What is Macbeth's reaction to Lady Macbeth's death?

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10. What comparison to life does Shakespeare make in the Tomorrow soliloquy as he reflects
Macbeths life?

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11. What is Macbeth's reaction to the news that Birnam Wood is moving?

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12. Who first fights Macbeth? What happens?

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13. Macbeth says to Macduff, "But get thee back, my soul is too much charged With blood of
thine already." To what is he referring?

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14. When does Macbeth know he's in trouble? How is this related to what the witches/apparition
say in Act 4.1 90-92.

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15. How does Macbeth die? Does he retain any admirable characteristics? Explain.

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16. How did Lady Macbeth die? And when do get this information?

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17. Who will be King of Scotland?

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