ISC Macbeth Workbook Answers : Act 1 Scene 2

Welcome to our blog post ISC Macbeth Workbook Answers : Act 1, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece, “Macbeth.” As dedicated learners and educators, we recognize the importance of unraveling the nuances of Shakespearean literature, which is why we’ve curated this comprehensive guide specifically tailored to the ISC curriculum.

Within this blog, we’ll explore Act 1, Scene 2, utilizing the meticulously crafted workbook provided by Morning Star publishers. Our objective is to not only present multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and detailed answers but also to foster a deeper comprehension of the play’s themes, characters, and linguistic complexities.

While our responses are structured based on the workbook, we encourage students to use this resource as a springboard for their own exploration. Shakespeare’s works offer rich layers of interpretation, inviting individual analysis. Therefore, feel empowered to adapt and personalize our insights to suit your unique learning style and needs.

Whether you’re striving for academic excellence or simply eager to unravel the depths of “Macbeth,” join us on this enlightening journey through Act 1, Scene 2. Let’s embark on an adventure where Shakespeare’s words transcend time, captivating minds across generations.

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Workbook Summary :

The scene is laid in an army camp near Forres in Scotland. Having secured our attention in the first scene, Shakespeare now deals with the plot of the play. There is Duncan, the King of Scotland, waiting for news of the battle—the battle of which we heard in the opening scene. There has been a revolt in Scotland; Duncan’s army is fighting the rebel Macdonwald; the king is anxiously waiting for the news of war. A bleeding sergeant, who had saved Duncan’s son, Malcolm from being caught by the enemy, comes to tell them the news from the battlefield.
He tells the king:

For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—
Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish’d steel,
Which smok’d with bloody execution,
Like Valour’s minion carv’d out his passage
Till he fac’d the slave,
Which ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam’d him from the nave to th’chaps
And fix’d his head upon our battlements.

All through the narration of the sergeant we are presented with a picture of the heroism of Macbeth, one of Duncan’s generals, in ensuring the victory of King Duncan. He is referred to as brave Macbeth, Valour’s minion, eagle and lion, compared to whom the enemy is only a sparrow or a hare. Macbeth is portrayed as an epic hero—fearless and ferocious. His superhuman qualities are highlighted by the sergeant. Duncan’s basic character is shown in this scene. He is sentimental, meek and mild. He built his trust on Macdonwald, the Thane of Cawdor and is now going to build it on Macbeth. The dramatic irony of the situation is projected in this comparison as Macbeth is going to betray Duncan’s trust.

The king is pleased with the news. As the Sergeant has shed too much blood and is exhausted, he is sent out so that his wounds may be treated.

According to the report, brandishing his sword replete with blood, Macbeth cut his way through the ranks of the enemy and came face to face with Macdonwald, the rebel thane. Without following any formality, he attacked Macdonwald and ripped him open from the navel to the jaws. Then Macbeth cut his head and hung it up on the parapet as a warning to other rebels.

Ross, a noble thane, comes from Fife, to report on the attack made by the Norwegian King, assisted by the Thane of Cawdor. Even here, Macbeth rose to the occasion.

Clad in heavy armour he confronted the King of Norway face to face in a hand-to-hand fight. He crossed the spear with spear and sword with sword and fought bravely against the enemy’s attack. Ultimately, he succeeded in defeating the Norwegian King with all his forces. Ross concludes by saying that Duncan’s troops won great victory over the rebels and their allies.

Duncan is pleased with the heroic deeds of Macbeth. He announces that the Thane of Cawdor, a traitor who secretly assisted Norway, will be executed and send, Ross to tell Macbeth that the title of the Thane of Cawdor is bestowed on him.

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Workbook MCQs :

1. Who is referred to as the ‘bloody man’ in the first line of the scene?
(a) Macbeth
(b) Duncan
(c) The Sergeant
(d) Malcolm.

Answer :- (c) The Sergeant

2. What is referred to as the ‘newest state’ in this scene of the play?
(a) The new country conquered by Duncan
(b) The new state established by Malcolm
(c) The news of the latest position of the rebellion
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (c) The news of the latest position of the rebellion

3. King Duncan’s army was fighting against whom?
(a) Malcolm
(b) Macdonwald
(c) Banquo
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (b) Macdonwald

4. Whose execution did the King announce in this scene?
(a) Thane of Cawdor
(b) Macdonwald
(c) King of Norway
(d) All of the above.

Answer :- (a) Thane of Cawdor

5. Which of following epithets is NOT used for Macbeth in this scene?
(a) Valour’s minion
(b) Worthy Gentleman
(c) Bellona’s bridegroom
(d) Noble Scot

Answer :- (d) Noble Scot

6. Whose armies are referred to by the Sergeant as ‘two spent swimmers’?
(a) Duncan and Banquo’s
(b) Macbeth and Macdonwald’s
(c) Duncan and Malcolm’s
(d) Banquo and King of Norway’s

Answer :- (b) Macbeth and Macdonwald’s

7. Who has been described in this scene as ‘Like Valour’s minion™?
(a) Banquo
(b) Duncan
(c) Malcolm
(d) Macbeth

Answer :- (d) Macbeth

8. Which of the following best describes the meaning of ‘Valour’s minion’?
(a) The one who is devoid of braver
(b) The one who has neither bravery nor brain
(c) The favourite of bravery
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (c) The favourite of bravery

9. Who is referred to as ‘Worthy to be a rebel?
(a) Banquo
(b) Macdonwald
(c) Macbeth
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (b) Macdonwald

10. In this scene whose ‘gashes’ cried for help?
(a) Sergeant
(b) Macbeth
(c) Banquo
(d) Macdonald

Answer :- (a) Sergeant

11. Which figure of speech is used in the following line?
As two spent swimmers that do cling together
(a) Personification
(b) Metaphor
(c) Simile
(d) None of the above

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12. Who is referred to by Duncan as — ‘O valiant cousin’?
(a) Macbeth
(b) Banquo
(c) Malcolm
(d) None of the above

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13. It is said in this scene that Macbeth attacked his enemies with such ferocity and bloodshed that the battlefield looked like the infamous battlefield of_________ .
(a) Golgotha
(b) Culloden
(c) Dunbar
(d) Glencoe

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14. In this scene, Macbeth is referred to as whose ‘bridegroom’?
(a) Athena’s
(b) Hecate’s
(c) Bellona’s
(d) None of the above

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15. Which literary device is used in the last line of this scene?
What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won.
(a) Dramatic Irony
(b) Personification
(c) Metaphor
(d) Lennox.

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16. King Duncan bestowed the title of Thane of Cawdor on whom among the following?
(a) Banquo
(b) Macbeth
(c) Malcolm
(d) Lennox

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17. Which figure of speech is used in the sentence given below?
And fortune on his damned quarrel smiling show’d like a rebel’s whore.
(a) Metaphor
(b) Irony
(c) Personification
(d) All of the above

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18. Which characteristic trait of Duncan’s personality is revealed in this scene?
(a) Meek and Mild
(b) Generous with his kinsmen
(c) Poor judge of character
(d) All of the above.

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Complete The Sentences :

  1. King Duncan sentenced the Thane of Cawdor to death because he betrayed Scotland by joining forces with the Norwegians in the battle against Duncan’s army.
  2. The Sergeant described that the outcome of the battle as ‘doubtful it stood’ because the forces of Macbeth and the traitorous Thane of Cawdor were evenly matched, causing uncertainty about the outcome of the battle.
  3. There is a reference to Golgotha because it symbolizes a place of suffering and death, akin to the battlefield where Macbeth fought with ferocity, resulting in intense bloodshed and carnage.
  4. Duncan says “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won” because For Full Answers Get The Workbook Answers PDF – View )
  5. The title of the Thane of Cawdor is a title of a traitor because For Full Answers Get The Workbook Answers PDF – View ).
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