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Brief-answer questions from 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare Part-2


by William Shakespeare

16. What does the word 'thane' mean?

Ans: The word 'thane' means a man who held land granted by the king or by a military nobleman and is ranked between an ordinary freeman and a hereditary noble.

17. Who is a thane?

Ans: A Thane is a feudal lord who possesses or controls a region in Scotland.

18. What do the witches sing together?

Ans: The three witches sing the following song together: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.”

19. "Fair is foul and foul is fair"-what is meant here?

Ans: ‘Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair' is a very prominent theme in Shakespeare's Macbeth. It signifies the reversal of values. It means that things that look pretty will become ugly and things that are ugly will become beautiful.

20. What figure of speech do you find "Fair is foul, and foul is fair"? [NU 2013]

Ans: “Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair” is a paradox.

21. What prophecies do the witches make about Macbeth?

Ans: The prophecies that the witches make about Macbeth are that he will named as Thane of Cawdor and then the King of Scotland.

22. What three things does Macbeth learn from the witches and apparitions?

Ans: The three things Macbeth learns from the witches and apparitions are:

i. He should fear Macduff

ii. He shouldn't fear any man born of a woman, and

iii. Nothing will affect his reign until Birnam Wood moves.

23. Who will be the king of Scotland?

Ans: Malcom will be the king of Scotland.

24. What is the prophecy about Banquo?

Ans: The prophecy about Banquo is that he will not be king but he will be the biological father of kings.

25. What do the witches symbolize?

Ans: The witches symbolize the evils or the dark powers that have the capacity to influence men’s decision.

26. Whom does Duncan nominate as the heir to the throne?

Ans: Duncan nominates Malcom, his elder son, as the heir to the throne.

27. What roles do the three witches play in Macbeth's life?

Ans: The three witches play a significant role in Macbeth's life in the sense that their prophecies about Macbeth influence him seriously. Macbeth being tempted by the prophecies tries to make them successful but faces a downfall.

28. What is name of Macbeth's castle? / What is Inverness? [NU 2016]

Ans: The name of Macbeth's castle is Inverness.

29. What was the gift of Duncan to Lady Macbeth? [NU 014]

Ans: Duncan gifted Lady Macbeth a diamond and let his servants serve her.

30. What is Lady Macbeth’s plan?

Ans: Lady Macbeth’s plan is to make Duncan’s chamberlains drunk and then to murder him when he is asleep.