macbeth

1. In the context of the passage, the word “filed” (line 18) most likely means D. troubled
2. The word “list” (line 24) is a reference to A. Medieval jousting tournaments.
3. The pronoun “them” (lines 19, 21, 23) refers to A. Banquo’s descendents.
4. “There is none but he whose being I do fear” (lines 7 – 8) is an example of B. dramatic irony
5. The mention of Mark Antony and Caesar (line 10) is an example of an C. allusion.
6. Which of the following is true of the first line of the soliloquy? D. It is rhythmically shorter for emphasis.
7. Macbeth states that the reasons he fears Banquo are Banquo’s B. courage and common sense.
8. In addition to fearing Banquo, Macbeth resents him because A. Macbeth will not establish a dynasty.
9. In lines 4 – 7, Macbeth admits that Banquo C. has more discretion than Macbeth.
10. Lines 16 and 17 are ironic because E. this is what Macbeth has done to Duncan.
11. Between lines 2 and 3 there is a shift from C. iambic pentameter to iambic tetrameter.
12. Between lines 12 and 13 there is a shift from E. chastising to conspiring.
13. Hecate’s basic complaint in lines 1 – 8 is that the witches have B. not invited Hecate to take part in the dealings with Macbeth.
14. Which basic poetic elements does Shakespeare use to indicate Hecate’s other-worldliness? A. rhythm and rhyme
15. In lines 29 and 30, Hecate predicts that Macbeth will B. grow overconfident and careless.
16. Lines 31 and 32 mean that E. mortal humans grow careless when they feel secure.
17. The “vaporous drop profound” (line 23) most likely refers to D. a veil of mist over the moon.
18. The “dismal and fatal end” (line 20) that Hecate is working toward is B. Macbeth’s downfall.
19. According to line 13, conjuring the spirits for Macbeth is the witches’ means of A. making up for their earlier slight of Hecate.
20. In the context of the passage, the word “artificial” (line 26) means E. deceitful.
21. The word “it” in line 10 refers to B. life.
22. The overall meaning of lines 8 – 12 is that D. the tale of life is noisy and exciting, but ultimately meaningless.
23. Lines 5 – 7 compare history to A. a torch bearer giving light to a traveler in the dark.
24. The fact that the “tale” (line 10) is told by an “idiot” (line 11) indicates that it is E. especially meaningless.
25. The purpose of the repetition in line 3 is to B. emphasize the “petty pace” of the passing of time.

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