Macbeth Act 4 Study Guide Questions

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Scene 1: What does the first apparition and what does it warn macbeth about?
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It is an armored head and the message is beware Macduff.
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What does the second apparition and what does it warn him about?
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It is a bloody baby and it says none of women born can harm Macbeth.
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What, after this, does Macbeth resolve?
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He feels secure.
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What is the third apparition and what is its message?
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It is a child with a crown holding a tree branch and the message is Macbeth will not be defeated unless the trees are uprooted and walk to his door.
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Pleased with the information, what one further thing does Macbeth desire to know and what is the answer he gets?
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Will Banquo’s airs even reign in Scotland. the answer is yes.
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What does Lennox give to Macbeth?
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He says that Macduff has fled to England.
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What is Macbeth’s response?
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He is highly incensed.
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What is his resolve at the end of this scene? How is this different from his previous actions?
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He is now killing women and children.
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Scene 2 Why does Lady Macduff’s flight \”madness\”?
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Because she doesn’t know where he went.
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What is Ross’ response?
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He says that he is smart
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Since he has fled and is not dead, why does Lady Macduff tell the child that Macduff is dead?
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Because she was mad and thinks him leaving is the same as him being dead.
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How does the child know that his father isn’t dead?
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Because he said the Lady Macduff would be weeping.
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Scene 3 What suspicion of Macduff does Malcolm voice?
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How do Malcom’s comment about Macbeth again bring to mind the \”fair is foul\” theme?
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What is it that makes Malcolm suspicious of Macduff’s motives?
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To what does Malcolm attribute his wariness of Macduff?
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Because he needs to be safe
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What is Macduff’s response?
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\”I am not treacherous\”
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Malcolm reveals that he is more lustful, cruel, and avaricious than Macbeth, and he concludes, \”If such a one be fit to govern, speak\” What is Macduff’s response?
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What is Malcolm’s next admission?
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After Malcolm tells Ross about Lord Siward and his 10,000 men preparing to leave for Scotland, what information does Ross give to Macduff?
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How is Macduff’s grief conveyed? What makes this horrible act so difficult for him?
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What is Macduff’s response when Malcolm says, \”Dispute it like a man\”?
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\”You don’t know what it feels like to have a son.\”
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What is Macduff’s resolve?
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