ISC Macbeth Workbook Answers : Act 5 Scene 1

Welcome to our blog post ISC Macbeth Workbook Answers : Act 5, Scene 1 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 5, Scene 1, 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 5, Scene 1. Let’s embark on an adventure where Shakespeare’s words transcend time, captivating minds across generations.

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Workbook Summary :

Sleep- Walking: This is the famous sleep-walking scene. It takes place in Macbeth’s castle at Dunsinane. Lady Macbeth’s waiting Gentlewoman narrates to a physician at the castle what she has witnessed. When Macbeth has been busy taking action against the rebellion, she has seen Lady Macbeth walk in her sleep. The doctor
wishes to know more, but the woman refuses to tell him what she has heard Lady Macbeth say. During their conversation, Lady Macbeth enters the scene, carrying a candle. Her eyes are open, and she constantly rubs her hands together as if she were washing them.

Incoherent Speech: Lady Macbeth speaks to herself incoherently while walking in her sleep. She seems to have seen a spot of blood on her hand. She is trying to wash it clean but she cannot wipe it out. Out of disgust, she orders the spot to disappear:

Out, damned spot! Out I say! One; two Why
then ‘tis time to dot. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord,
fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear
who knows it, when none can call our power to
account? Yet who would have thought the old man
to have had so much blood in him?


Lady Macbeth’s speech is incoherent; she mixes up events. She refers to the murders of Duncan and Banquo. She speaks of Lady Macduff:

The Thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now?
What, will these hands ne’er be clean? No more
o’that, my Lord, no more o’that. You mar all with
this starting.

Lady Macbeth’s Remorse: Then Lady Macbeth’s focus changes, as she seems to hear the clock striking one and then two. Immediately she recollects the dark hour of Ducan’s murder. Her memory of Duncan’s murder makes her feel the remorse and fear of punishment after death. She knows she is condemned to hell. The picture of a grim, dark hell makes her shiver in fear. Then she remembers how she encouraged Macbeth when he was reluctant to commit the murder. When he expressed his apprehensions after performing the dark deed she had said :

To bed, to bed; there’s knocking at the gate.
Come, come, come, come, give me your hand; what’s done
cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.

The strain of the murder of Duncan and the knowledge of subsequent murders has caused harm to her mind. She has become a nervous wreck.

Physician’s Advice : The physician and the Gentlewoman are shocked as Lady Macbeth betrays herself. When Lady Macbeth returns to bed, the physician comments that the atmosphere echoes the rumours of the foul murders. Unnatural deeds produce unnatural diseases. Such minds infected with crime are prone to relieve themselves of their secrets at least by giving them out to their pillows.
The physician said that the cure of such diseases are beyond the power of any physician. Hence the queen is in need of divine help.

Unnatural deeds
Do breed unnatural troubles; infected minds
To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.
More needs she the divine than the physician.
God, God forgive us all!

isc macbeth workbook answer

Workbook MCQs :

1. ‘When was it she last walked?’ Who is ‘she’ referred to in the given line? What does it refer to?
(a) Lady Macduff; Filed away
(b) Lady Macbeth; sleep walking
(c) Lady Macbeth’s waiting
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (b) Lady Macbeth; sleep walking

2. Which field’ is referred to by the Gentlewoman?
(a) Cornfield
(b) The fields around the castle
(c) Battlefield
(d) Birnam wood.

Answer :- (c) Battlefield

3. What does Lady Macbeth refer to by saying, ‘Get out, you cursed spot!’?
(a) Spot of blood on her hand
(b) The wound on her hand
(c) The witch she was seeing
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (a) Spot of blood on her hand

4. What does the doctor refer to by saying, ‘A great perturbation in nature’?
(a) The stormy night
(b) The appearance of witches
(c) Lady Macbeth’s disorder
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (c) Lady Macbeth’s disorder

5. Why does Lady Macbeth’s waiting woman refuse to divulge anything about the former’s words while sleep-walking?
(a) She does not have a witness to confirm her speech
(b) She does not understand what she says in her sleep
(c) She does not want to hurt the feelings of anyone
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (a) She does not have a witness to confirm her speech

6. Lady Macbeth says, “Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.”
(a) Macbeth
(b) Macduff
(c) King Duncan
(d) Banquo

Answer :- (c) King Duncan

7. According to the Doctor, sinful people tell their secrets to whom among the following?
(a) Their attendants
(b) Their partners in crime
(c) Their pillows
(d) Their doctors.

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8. According to the Doctor, Lady Macbeth needed the help of whom among the following to cure her disease?
(a) A priest
(b) A magician
(c) A doctor
(d) None of the above.

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9. In this scene Lady Macbeth confesses to murder of
(a) Duncan
(b) Banquo
(c) Thane of Fife’s wife
(d) All of the above.

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Complete The Sentences :

1. The Doctor tells the Gentlewoman that she did not find any truth in what she told him because he had watched Lady Macbeth for two nights but had not seen her sleep walking.

2. The Gentlewoman tells the Doctor that she would never tell him the truth about Lady macbeth because there is no one to testify that what she said was truth.

3. The doctor says Lady Macbeth needs a priest not a doctor because For Full Answers Get The Workbook Answers PDF – View )

4. The Gentlewoman says Lady Macbeth’s eyes’ ‘sense are shut’ because For Full Answers Get The Workbook Answers PDF – View )

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