Shakespeare, Elizabethan Era, Hamlet, Macbeth Test

How was the acting profession in Shakespeare’s time viewed? bad reputations, grouped with thieves, blamed for missing things
In which major literary genres did Shakespeare write plays? dramas, comedies, tragedies, romance
Shakespeare’s theater was built by the money of which nobleman, and what was the theater’s name? Lord Chamberlain, Globe on Thames River
What philosophy was Sir Thomas More strongly influenced by? humanism
How many wives did Henry VIII have? 6
The daughters of Henry VIII who also became queen Mary, Elizabeth
King James was known for commissioning the translation of which major literary work? The Bible
Who was Guy Fawkes? What was his plan? he tried to overthrow the King, the Gunpowder Plan
Who authored the book Demonology? King James I
What kinds of plays used allegory to teach a lesson? Morality plays
What were “miracle plays”? enactments of Christian stories
What does the word Renaissance mean? humanistic revival
In what ways did the Renaissance change England? it brought back art, literature, architecture, and learning
What do the witches prophecy? Macbeth will be names Thane of Cawdor and later King
In Scene II what does Duncan order Ross to do? name Macbeth Thane of Cawdor
How does Lady Macbeth first find out that Duncan is coming to her castle? a letter from Macbeth
What does the greeting from Scene V show us about Lady Macbeth? she will do anything for Macbeth to be king now
How does Macbeth and his wife ensure that Duncan’s guards will be blamed for his death? they leave the daggers near them and smudge his blood on them
What does “I have no spurs to prick the sides of my intent” reveal about Macbeth? he has a conscience; he feels guilty
Why is Lady Macbeth unable to kill Duncan herself? she thinks he looks like her father
Why is Lady Macbeth forced to put the daggers near the guards? Macbeth goes crazy and brings the daggers back with him after killing Duncan and is unable to return to the scene of the crime
Why does Shakespeare put “the porter scene” after the killing of Duncan? as a sort of breather because killing a king in a play was never done; it also reflected on Macbeth’s crimes
How is Macduff’s warm greeting to Macbeth in Scene III an example of dramatic irony in this tragedy? we know that Macduff knows something about Macbeth’s story is questionable but Macbeth doesn’t know Macduff suspects him
How does Macbeth persuade the murderers to kill Banquo? he tells them that Banquo made them murderers
What does Hecate say is “mortal’s chiefest enemy”? security
What happens to Macbeth when he sees the ghost at dinner? he looses it; he makes outbursts and speaks to him out loud in front of everybody
Why does Banquo have hope that his prophecy will come true? Macbeth was named Thane of Cawdor moments after the witches told him, so his prophecy must be true as well
Why do Macbeth and Lady Macbeth say they envy Duncan? Duncan is able to sleep and be peaceful; no guilty conscience
In scene II Lady Macduff says that all traitors are… dishonest men
What do Macbeth and Macduff have in common at the end of Act IV? both murdered somebody (Macbeth literally and Macduff takes blame for murder of his family)
What does Lady Macbeth try to wash away? the blood from her hands
What line from Scene III reveals Macbeth’s overconfidence? “The mind I sway by and the heart I bearShall never sag nor shake with fear”
What does “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon on the stage/ It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?” reveal about Macbeth? his whole life he has made a fool of himself. he is emotionless
“I have given suck, and know how tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me” evil
“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” crazy
“I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and a chastise with the valor of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round.” persuasive, evil
“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent underneath” sly, evil
“Sit my worthy friends: my lord is often thus, and hath been from his youth: pray you sit. The fit is momentary, upon a thought he will again be well.” anxious, concealing, fear
comic relief comic episodes in a literary drama to offset more serious sections (i.e. porter scene)
character flaw limitation, imperfection, phobia, problem or deficiency in a character that would otherwise be functional (i.e. Macbeth)
dramatic irony the audience knows something the characters don’t (i.e. Macduff knows about Macbeth)
foil character who contrasts with another (i.e. Macbeth and Macduff)
tragedy play dealing with tragic events and an unhappy ending usually with the downfall of the main character
tragic hero character who makes a judgement error that leads to his destruction (i.e. Macbeth)
Major themes “Fair is foul, foul is fair”, borrowed robes
Macbeth beginning to end hero to villain

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