Macbeth Test

The witches’ tale of the sailor indicates that the weird sisters are _____. cruel
Kind Duncan decides to make Macbeth Thane of Cawdor because _____. he felt that he should repay him
When Macbeth receives his new title, Banquo reacts with _____. concern
After reading the letter from her husband, Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to “Make thick my blood, / Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse.” She is asking _____. that she will not feel guilty when she pushed Macbeth to kill King Duncan
Find several quotations from Act 1 that are the best examples of paradox. “Lesser than Macbeth and greater.””Not so happy, yet much happier.”
Near the end of Act 1, Macbeth expresses doubt about murdering the king because _____. the king had just honored him, and he had earned a good opinion of himself from others; he wanted to enjoy his honors.
The play’s first act includes which major events? the witches’ prophecies and Macbeth becoming the Thane of Cawdor
Who discover’s Macbeth’s body? Macduff
Whom does Lady Macbeth frame for the murder of Duncan? the king’s servants
Who kills Banquo? murderers that were hired by Macbeth
What describes Lady Macbeth’s death? they assumed it was suicide
Whom does Macbeth see sitting in his chair during the banquet? Banquo
What vision does Macbeth have before he kills Duncan? he had a hallucination of floating daggers
With whom are the Scots at war at the beginning of the play? Norway
Which nation’s army invades Scotland at the end of the play? England
Who is the goddess of witchcraft in the play? Hecate
Who kills Donalbain? he didn’t die; he fled to Ireland
Describe the dagger that Macbeth sees in his Act II, Scene 1 soliloquiy. floating; covered in blood; the handle was pointing him towards Duncan’s chamber
When Macbeth talks agitatedly about the murders, Lady Macbeth urges him to _____. not dwell on it
The porter’s cursing is ironic because _____. he invokes the devil without knowing about the crime
When Lennox and Macduff arrive at Macbeth’s castle in the morning, Macduff wonders if _____. the porter is drunk
As soon as the murder is known, Malcolm and Donalbain flee Scotland because they _____. feared for their life
Banquo wants to meet with the other nobles in order to _____. discover the purpose of the murder
The natural disturbances that continue all night – including the screaming and murderous owl, chimneys being blown down, and Duncan’s horses turning wild – symbolize _____. the corruption that had occurred that night
As he considers Macbeth’s kingship, Banquo feels _____. a glimmer of hope for his sons
The “barren scepter” Macbeth refers to is a symbol implying that he _____. will have no heir to the throne
Macbeth explains to the hired murderers that they must keep his plan a secret because _____. he and Banquo have common friends that would be upset if it was discovered
When Macbeth hears that Fleance has escaped the murderers, he reacts with _____. anxiety
When Macbeth begins talking to Banquo’s ghost, Lady Macbeth reacts by _____. telling others he has an illness
What is the most vivid example of figurative language in Act III? “O, full of scorpions if my mind, dear wife!”
Hecate intends to ensure Macbeth’s downfall by making him _____. overconfident
At the beginning of Act VI, Lennox speaks of Macbeth’s sorrow and nobility in a tone that is _____. sarcastic
What happens to Lady Macbeth before she dies? she sleep walks and tries to wash off a non-existent spot of blood on her hand; she feels guilty for her part in Duncan’s murder
Who kills Lord Siward’s son? Macbeth
Where are Scottish kings crowned? Scone
Why is Macduff able to kill Macbeth despite the witches’ prophecy? because he was born from a c-section
Where is Duncan killed? he was killed at Macbeth’s castle during an overnight stay
Who flees Scotland to join Malcolm in England? Macduff
What was the weather like the night Duncan was murdered? stormy and violent
Who kills Lady Macbeth? herself
Who flees Scotland immediately after Duncan’s death? Malcolm and Donalbain
Who jokes that he works at “hell’s gate”? the porter
What title is Macbeth given after his victory described in Act 1? Thane of Cawdor
Who tells Macduff that his family has been killed? Ross
How does Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane? Malcolm’s army hides behind cut-off tree branches
Who kills Macbeth? Macduff
How many men reign as king of Scotland throughout the play? 3
What is Macbeth’s tragic flaw? his desire for power and position
What elements are included in a tragedy? the fatal flaw, fall of the nobleman, external pressure, hero
(T/F) At the beginning of the play, Macduff is named Theme of Glamis. F
(T/F) Lady Macbeth cannot kill King Duncan because he looks like her father. T
(T/F) Banquo voices his suspicions that Macbeth has had a role in the murder of King Duncan. T
(T/F) Banquo and his son are both killed by Macbeth’s murderers. F
(T/F) Malcolm is a ladies’ man who cares nothing about the future of Scotland. F
(T/F) England gives Malcolm and Macduff 10,000 soldiers and Old Siward to fight Macbeth in Scotland. T
(T/F) The king’s other son Donalbain flees to Ireland. T
(T/F) Macbeth kills the two attendants outside Duncan’s bedroom door so that they cannot tell of anything they may have heard or seen relating to the king’s murder. T
(T/F) Lady Macduff sleepwalks and reveals to her doctor the details of King Duncan’s murder. F
(T/F) Hecate is angry with the Weird Sisters because they have dared to “Trade and traffic with Macbeth / In riddles and affairs of death.” T
(T/F) When Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that the blood on his hands cannot be cleansed by Neptune’s great ocean, he is stating a paradox. T
(T/F) Before the dinner to celebrate his having been crowned King of Scotland in Scone, Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth about his plan to have Banquo and Fleance killed upon their return to his castle from their horseback riding. F
(T/F) Macbeth’s castle is located in Fife. F
(T/F) After she witnesses the murder of her son, Macduff’s wife escapes death by fleeing to England to meet her husband and Malcolm. F
(T/F) In Act I, King Duncan orders the death of the Thane of Glamis. F
(T/F) A posset is a hot, sweet drink made from milk and wine. T
(T/F) Knell is the sound of a bell signifying the end of something. T
(T/F) A harbinger is a momentary pause in action. F
(T/F) A quell is a beneficial position. F