U5 Macbeth Act 1 Summary

English II: Unit 5 – Macbeth
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Macbeth: Act 1 Summary
Directions: Use the word bank on each page to fill in the blanks to complete the summary of Act 1. Each word
will be used only once, unless otherwise noted.
Macbeth (3)
Witches (2)
Thane of Cawdor (2)
promoted Malcolm
his sons
Act 1, Scene 1
Three old women, the ______________, appear. In creepy voices, they make plans to meet again upon the
______________, after the battle, to confront ______________. As quickly as they arrive, they disappear.
Act 1, Scene 2
Macbeth and _____________ fight with great courage and violence on behalf of King Duncan. A captain tells
Duncan how Macbeth killed the traitorous Macdonwald. Ross tells the king that the traitorous thane of
Cawdor has been defeated and the civil war won, thanks to Macbeth. Duncan declares that the
_____________________ be put to death and that ___________________, the hero of the victorious army, be
given Cawdor’s title. Ross leaves to deliver the news to Macbeth.
Act 1, Scene 3
Macbeth and Banquo, on their way home from ______________, come upon three _______________ who
predict their futures. First, they tell Macbeth he will be ____________________ to Thane of Cawdor, and then
to _____________. Then, they tell Banquo that _______________ will be kings. Suddenly, the witches vanish.
Macbeth and Banquo then hear news from the King that Macbeth has indeed been promoted to
_____________________. The first part of the ________________ has come true.
Act 1, Scene 4
King Duncan meets with his kinsmen to congratulate them on the battle. He announces that his son,
_____________, will be next in line to become king. This upsets ______________, whom the witches told will
be king.
English II: Unit 5 – Macbeth
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Date: _______ Period: ___
Word Bank, Page 2 Only
King Duncan
Act 1, Scene 5
Lady Macbeth learns of the witches’ prophecy through a ______________ from Macbeth. She is excited about
the idea of Macbeth being king, but is afraid he is too _____________ to do what it will take to become king.
She calls on spirits to make her more ____________ so that she can convince Macbeth to ____________ the
When Macbeth returns from battle, Lady Macbeth tells him not to _____________, to let her take care of the
arrangements when _______________ comes.
Act 1, Scene 7 – 1st and 2nd period only
Macbeth ________________ with himself as to whether or not he should kill Duncan. He hesitates because he
says he is Duncan’s __________ and ___________, who should protect him, not ________________ him. Lady
Macbeth is _______________ when Macbeth tells her he doesn’t want to go through with it. She questions his
__________________ as a way to convince him to do it. Ultimately, Macbeth decides he __________ do it.
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