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2 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Macbeth Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

3 Act 4 Scene 1 He demands to know the future that they can see. In Act I he is surprised and skeptical of what they say; in Act IV he seems to rely on them completely and deem what they say is true. Macbeth What is Macbeth’s attitude toward the Witches in the beginning of this act? How is this different from Act I? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

4 Act 4 Scene 1 Armed head, “beware Macduff,” he says, “for thy good fortune, thanks.” Bloody child, “none of woman born shall harm Macbeth,” he says, “Then live Macduff; what need I fear of thee?” A child crowned, “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him,” he says, “that will never be.” Macbeth The Witches conjure up three apparitions. What are these three apparitions, what warning does each give, and how does Macbeth react to each one? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

5 Act 4 Scene 1 Eight kings, the last of whom seems to be Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth is responsible for his death, and it seems that many of his offspring will rule not only in England but also Scotland (as some of the kings carry 2 scepters). Macbeth What is the fourth apparition? Why is that one especially terrible to Macbeth? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

6 Act 4 Scene 1 He holds a mirror up that symbolizes an unending reign of his family. Macbeth The last king in the line holds a mirror showing more. What does this mean? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

7 Act 4 Scene 1 Unlike Lady Macbeth, Lady Macduff knows nothing of her husband’s affairs. Macbeth Compare the Macduff household and the Macbeth household. How are Lady Macduff and Lady Macbeth alike? How are they different? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

8 Act 4 Scene 1 He wants no chance that any of the offspring (or future offspring) survives to be able to take over the throne. Macbeth Why does Macbeth have Macduff’s wife and children killed? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

9 Act 4 Scene 2 It is in brutal disorder: division of families, anxiety, dismay, slaughter, violence, etc. It also feels as if they are living in a sort of “police state.” He says that Macduff is noble, wise, judicious, best knows what to do in this time of violence in Scotland. Macbeth What does Ross’s speech in the beginning of Scene 2 tell us about conditions in Scotland? What justification does Ross give for Macduff’s action? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

10 Act 4 Scene 3 In England at court Macbeth Scene 3 is the only scene in the entire play that does not take place in Scotland. What is the setting for this scene? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

11 Act 4 Scene 3 He young and lacks experience; he will be an even more tyrannical leader than Macbeth is; he is lustful and greedy (in many ways). Macbeth While Malcolm and Macduff are talking, Malcolm speaks at great length about his own vices to Macduff. What are some of the faults he names? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

12 Act 4 Scene 3 He wants to prove Macduff’s loyalty and love for his country as well as whether he has integrity. Malcolm is concerned that Macduff might be Macbeth’s agent to lure Malcolm back to Scotland and his death. Macbeth Why does he list them for Macduff? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

13 Act 4 Scene 3 It is almost too horrible for him to face. He says that they are “at peace,” which is technically true if one considers death to be peaceful. Macbeth When Ross joins them later in Scene 3 and he is first asked by Macduff about his wife and children, why doesn’t Ross tell him the truth? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

14 Act 4 Scene 3 He is dumbfounded and shocked. I have to be courageous and own up to what I have done. They were killed not for their misdeeds but for my own (that is, he left them unprotected; they did nothing to cause their own deaths.) Macbeth What is Macduff’s reaction to the news about his wife and children? What does Macduff mean when he says, “But I must also feel it as a man”? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

15 Act 4 Scene 1 He will join forces with Malcolm and overthrow Macbeth; however, he could never exact complete revenge because Macbeth has no children (and therefore could not suffer the same agony as Macduff has at the loss of them). Macbeth What does Macduff vow to do by the end of Act IV? Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.

16 Act 4 Discuss Macbeth Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare. How do Malcolm’s comments about Macbeth again bring to mind the “fair is foul” theme? It is impossible to tell by a man’s appearance whether he is good or evil. Macbeth was once thought to be honest, and he was loved by Macduff. Macduff now looks honest, but he might not be.

17 Macbeth Questions are taken from Barron’s Simply Shakespeare.


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