Act I, i
1. When does the power of a witch increase? Why?
2. When do the three witches plan to meet again?
3. With whom and where will this meeting take place?
4. Why does Shakespeare employ verbal opposites in this scene?
5. How is the natural order of things treated in the witches' incantations?
6. What mood do the witches, what they say, and the and thunder and lightning establish at the outset of the play?
7. Why do you think this scene is so short?
Act I, ii
1. What do we learn from the bloody captain?
2. Who is Macdonwald and what has he done?
3. What has been done to him, and by whom?
4. What do we learn from Ross and Angus?
5. Name the rebel, the traitor, and the foreign king causing King Duncan problems.
6. How does King Duncan reward Macbeth for his services to the crown? (What are these services?)
7. What words (almost epithets) are used to describe Macbeth?
8. Why do you think there is such extensive conversation about Macbeth before he appears on stage?
9. Why is Duncan himself not involved in the fighting?