Macbeth: Act 1

his visit to Macbeth’s castle What provides the opportunity for Duncan’s assassination?A) his visit to Macbeth’s castleB) the presence of the witchesC) the recent military victoryD) a meeting at Birnham Wood
to trick or divert, particularly by using charm Read the excerpt and then answer the question that follows.”To beguile the time,Look like the time; be ar welcome in your eye,Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,But be the serpent under ‘t.”What does the word beguile mean?A) to trick or divert, particularly by using charmB) to interpret symbolicallyC) to use a metaphor for; to compareD) to delay, put off, or procrastinate
a letter Shakespeare initially uses _____ to communicate Macbeth’s message to his lady.A) an asideB) a letterC) a soliloquyD) a dialogue
He is polite, gracious, and fond of Macbeth. Duncan says the following:”Give me your hand Conduct me to mine host: we love him highly,And shall continue our graces towards him. By your leave, hostess.”What does this reveal about Duncan?A) He is secretly plotting to undo Macbeth.B) He is suspicious of Lady Macbeth’s intentions.C) He is a strict but respected king.D) He is polite, gracious, and fond of Macbeth.
He is using heaven as a metaphor for the killer’s conscience. Read the excerpt and then answer the question that follows.”Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark , To cry “Hold, hold!”Why does Shakespeare use the image of heaven peepingthrough the blanket of the dark?A) He is describing the candlelight carried by the servants in the darkcastle.B) He is using imagery of ghosts to paint a spooky scene.C) He is using heaven as a metaphor for the killer’s conscience.D) He is comparing the light of religion to the darkness of paganism
Courageous in conflict, Macbeth ignored danger, drew his sword, and cut an enemy in half beforebeheading him. “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 carved out his passage Till he faced the slave; Which ne’er shook hand s, nor bade farewell to him, Till he unseam’d him from the nave to the chaps, And fix’d his head upon our battlements.”Which sentence BEST paraphrases this excerpt?A) Lacking courtesy, Macbeth disregarded the customs of the day when confronting an inferior.B) Courageous in conflict, Macbeth ignored danger, drew his sword, and cut an enemy in half before beheading him.C) In order to impress his wife, Macbeth drew his sword, threatened a man who had accosted her, and then brutally murdered him.D) Uncertain when challenged by a servant, Macbeth shrank from confrontation, hiding his head behind the walls of the fort.
They foreshadow the plot. Read the excerpt and then answer the question that follows.”When shall we three meet again,In thunder, lightning, or in rain?””When the hurly-burly’s done,When the battle’s lost and won.”What is the purpose of these opening lines?A) They introduce the title character.B) They establish the central theme.C) They foreshadow the plot.D) They describe the setting.
Macbeth Who says this?”If chance will have me king, why,Chance may crown me, without my stir.”A) Lady MacbethB) DuncanC) MacbethD) Banquo
his conflicting feelings “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good.”What does Macbeth’s statement indicate?A) his searing ambitionB) his single-mindednessC) his conflicting feelingsD) his disdain
Duncan intends to name him Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth informs his wife thatA) he will do anything to win her respect.B) Banquo has questioned the prophecies.C) the witches believe him too weak to be king.D) Duncan intends to name him Thane of Cawdor.
ambition Lady Macbeth fears her husband lacks the _____ to become king.A) intelligenceB) ambitionC) loyaltyD) inheritance
Macbeth Who says this?”Stars, hide your fires; so let not light see My black and deep desires”A) Lady MacbethB) MacbethC) the witchesD) Banquo
the three witches To whom does Macbeth refer when he says, “what seem’dcorporal melted as breath into the wind”?A) the three witchesB) his dreams of powerC) his love for his wifeD) his sense of honor
Duncan Read the following excerpt from Macbeth and answer thequestion.”Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtuesWill plead like angels . . .”To whom is Macbeth referring in these lines?A) BanquoB) himselfC) DuncanD) the servant
inner conflict “Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings: My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that functionIs smother’d in surmise, and nothing is But what is not.”This excerpt reveals Macbeth’s _____.A) resolveB) intelligenceC) ambitionD) inner conflict
regretful Read the excerpt and then answer the question that follows.”Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of natureShake my fell purpose . . .”What does the word compunctious mean?A) hesitantB) ambitiousC) certainD) regretful
tragedy Shakespeare’s Macbeth is considered a masterpiece ofthe _____ genre.A) horrorB) tragedyC) historyD) comedy
the struggle between good and evil. The primary theme of Macbeth is BEST described asA) the quest for self.B) coming of age.C) the struggle between good and evil.D) the historical lineage of English royalty.
It was written as a tribute to England’s King James of Scotland, a supporter of Shakespeare. Which of the following statements is true about Macbeth?A) It was written as a tribute to England’s King James of Scotland, a supporter of Shakespeare.B) It was written as a warning to England’s King Henry VIII, whose ambition concerned Shakespeare.C) It was written as a gift for Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth’s cousin and Shakespeare’s friend.D) It was written as a statement on ambition and the power struggle between Scotland’s King James and the Church.
It allows the audience but not the other characters to hear of Macbeth’s secret ambition. “The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step On which I must fall down, or else o’er leap ,For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires . . .”Why does Shakespeare use an aside for these lines fromMacbeth?A) It allows the audience but not the other characters to hear of Macbeth’s secret ambition.B) It gives Lady Macbeth insight into her husband’s true feelings, despite what he says to thecontrary.C) It provides an opportunity for a long speech in which Macbeth makes his future plans clear.D) It advances the plot by changing the scene, thereby allowing Macbeth to move from one setting to another.

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