Communication Arts IV Macbeth Unit Act IV Analysis Questions Name: _____________________________ As you read Act IV (pages 490-505) on your own or with a partner, complete the analysis questions. Scene One 1. How is the mood set at the beginning of the act? What specific images or words create this mood? 2. What does Macbeth demand of the witches in lines 50-61? 3. What is the First Apparition, and what is its message for Macbeth? 4. What is the Second Apparition, and what is its message for Macbeth? 5. How does Macbeth respond to the Second Apparition’s message (lines 82-86)? 6. What is the Third Apparition, and what is its message for Macbeth? (When does it say Macbeth will be “vanquished”?) 7. How does Macbeth respond to the Third Apparition’s message? 8. What question does Macbeth ask after the Third Apparition has disappeared? 9. What is the Fourth Apparition? 10. Why do you think Macbeth is so confused once the witches have disappeared? 11. Summarize Macbeth’s newest plan in lines 144-156. Scene Two 12. For what reason does Lady Macduff believe her husband has fled to England? What’s the real reason? 13. What news does the messenger bring to Lady Macduff? 14. What happens at the end of scene two? Scene Three 15. Where does scene 3 of Act IV take place? 16. What news about Scotland does Macduff bring to Malcolm? 17. In lines 12-17, what reason does Malcolm give for being wary of Macduff? 18. Read lines 34-37. Why is Macduff about to leave? 19. Read lines 38-41. What imagery is used here to describe Scotland? 20. Read lines 52-55. Malcolm says that he himself is evil, so evil that the people of Scotland will compare Macbeth to Malcolm how? 21. Read lines 57-66. What does Malcolm say is his first evil quality? 22. How does Macduff respond to this? 23. Read lines 77-84. What does Malcolm say is his second evil quality? 24. Again, how does Macduff respond to this? 25. Read lines 91-99. What does Malcolm say is the third reason he would be a terrible king to Scotland? 26. How does Macduff respond to this? Look specifically at lines 103-114. What does he say about the future of Scotland if Malcolm is as corrupt as he claims to be? 27. What is Malcolm’s surprising response to this? Look specifically at lines 121-130. Why did he lie to Macduff about being evil? 28. What news does the doctor bring? 29. Malcolm’s lines 146-159 describe Edward the Confessor, England’s king at the time. How does this description make Edward a foil to Macbeth? 30. Read Ross’s lines 164-173. What imagery does he use to describe Scotland? 31. When Macduff asks about his wife and children, how does Ross initially respond? 32. Read lines 188-192. How has Malcolm already prepared for battle against Macbeth? 33. How does Macduff respond when Ross finally tells him that Macduff’s wife and children have been murdered? 34. What reoccurring theme is most apparent in the last twenty-five or so lines of the act?
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