Macbeth Study Guide

The play’s first act wastes no time in giving us all of the following exceptA) An invasion B) An execution C) A cold blooded murderD) Some treacherous plotting C
A brief opening scene gives us which of the following?A) A humorous supernatural episodeB) A taste of the intrigue to comeC) Several key predictionsD) A foreboding view of three influential characters D
Early in the play we learn a number of important facts. Which of the following is not one of them?A) Scotland is at war with an invaderB) The Thane of Cawdor is a traitorC) Duncan has a male heir named MalcolmD) Duncan and Macbeth are brothers and merciless men D
Before Macbeth makes his first appearance in the play, we learn about his:A) Ambition B) Great powerC) SuperstitionsD) Bravery D
Macbeth’s first reaction to the witches’ prediction if one of A) Indifference B) AmusementC) WondermentD) Skepticism C
We soon learn not only that Macbeth is delighted at the thought of becoming king, but also that heA) Hesitates to commit murderB) Has many friends to help him become kingC) Assumes the witches will do all “the dirty work”D) Believes it can happen openly and honorably A
Malcolm: Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it. He died as one that had been studied in his death. To throw away the dearest thing he owned as ’twere a careless trifle Malcolm is reporting thatA) The Thane of Cawdor’s death was very unexpectedB) The Thane of Cawdor died with more dignity than he had livedC) Cawdor’s death has left the country in despair D) Cawdor took his own life B
Macbeth: the prince of cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else overleap for in my own way it lies. Macbeth is admitting to himself that:A) Malcolm stands between him and any hope for the throneB) It will be difficult to follow in Cumberland footsteps C) Cumberland is not to be trustedD) He could easily fall from Cumberland’s favor A
Lady Macbeth: That I may pour my spirits in thine ear. And chastise with the valor of my tongue. All that impeded thee from the golden round. Lady Macbeth indicates thatA) Intends to drug her husbandB) Fears that Macbeth will return too soonC) Intends to convince Macbeth to take the crown by one means or anotherD) Fears that the king will punish Macbeth rather than reward him C
Lady Macbeth: Come, you spirits. That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top full of direst cruelty Lady Macbeth in these lines indicates that she A) Is praying in heaven for helpB) Wishes no humane feelings to deter herC) Feels that Duncan is cruel and treacherous rulerD) Fears her husband’s anger and indecisiveness B
In scene I of Act two, Macbeth attempts to get Banquo to A) Support duncan B) Support him C) Leave Scotland D) Kill the King’s heirs B
When Macbeth is alone, he suffers from hallucinations and imagines he seesA) A daggerB) A radiant crown C) Duncan’s ghostD) An accusing hand A
In Scene 2, Lady Macbeth tells her husband that sheA) Takes full share in the murdersB) Begins to regret the deedsC) Thinks he should prepare a good alibiD) Feels weary and wishes to sleep A
Banquo: There’s husbandry in heaven, their candles are all outA) Banquo observes that it is a starless nightB) Dawn now makes candles unnecessaryC) Banquo can see no lights in the castle D) Lady Macbeth is too frugal with her candles A
Macbeth: Is this dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. In the soliloquy, Macbeth clearly isA) Walking and talking in his sleepB) Eager to kill DuncanC) Unable to see because of the dark lightD) Wavering in his decision to commit murder D
Lady Macbeth: Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but pictures. Tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil Lady Macbeth in this statementA) Chides her husband, contending it is childish to fear the deadB) Realizes that her husband is sick and tries to cheer himC) Admits that the daggers are not merely a hallucinationD) Tries to bring her husband out of his sleepwalking trance A
Macbeth: Had I but died an hour before this chance, I had lived a blessed time; for, from this instant there’s nothing serious in mortality. All is but toys. Renown and grade is dead. The wine of life is drawn, and the mere less… A
As Scene I of Act three opens, Banquo reveals in a short soliloquy that he A) Is planning on killing MacbethB) Suspects that Macbeth killed DuncanC) Hopes to keep peace with MacbethD) Wishes to leave Scotland B
Macbeth desires Banquo’s death because he fears him and becauseA) Banquo is a friend of DonalbainB) Lady Macbeth wants him killedC) The witches promised that Banquo would father kingsD) Banquo opposes him at every turn C
In the extended banquet scene, Macbeth chastises Banquo for being absent. The irony of the speech lies in the fact thatA) Banquo is present in the form of a ghostB) The assembled lords are aware of Banquo’s murderC) Macbeth is unaware as of yet of Banquo’s deathD) Banquo had no intention of attending the banquet A
At the banquet, Macbeth’s tortured conscience causes him to A) Drink excessively B) Confess the murder of Duncan C) Challenge Banquo’s ghostD) Stagger out of the banquet hall C
During the banquet, Lady Macbeth does which of the following? A) Attempts to account to the guests for her husband’s odd behaviorB) Sees the ghost also but manages to ignore itC) Admits she fears for Macbeth’s sanityD) Confesses her own guilt to the assembled guests A
Macbeth: Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, and put a barren scepter in my gripe By stating this, Macbeth admits that heA) Finds being king a disappointmentB) Regrets the witches’ prophecy that his descendants will not ruleC) Feels that he lacks a true king’s powersD) Feels inferior to several of his nobles C
Second Murderer: I am one, my liege, whom the vile blows and buffers of the world have so incensed that I am reckless what I do to spite the world. The murderer tells Macbeth in these words that heA) Hates Banquo for having wronged himB) Has been treated badly by life and wants revengeC) Is careful in choosing victims to murderD) Has always been a ruthless, courageous brawler B
Lady Macbeth: Where our desire is got without content, tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy Lady Macbeth here is saying thatA) She is satisfied with all her ambitionsB) Her ambitions grow even greaterC) Achieving her desires has not brought satisfactionsD) She will be content after a few more murders C
Macbeth: There the grown serpent lies. The worm that’s fled hath nature that in time will venom breed, no teeth for the present. Macbeth in these words admits that he isA) Fearful Fleance will prove a threat in the future, though not nowB) Happy to learn that Fleance is suspected of killing his fatherC) Fearful Macduff will return to avenge Banquo’s murderD) Fearful he will see more ghosts and hallucinations A
Macbeth: My strange and self-abuse we are yet but young in deed. Macbeth says here thatA) He feels too young to be kingB) He needs more experience as a rulerC) His conscience will bother him less after more experience as a murdererD) His troublesome hallucinations have almost vanished C
When Macbeth confronts the witches a second time, the conjure up a series of apparitions that tell him all of the following with one exceptionA) He should “beware Macduff/Beware the Thane of fife”B) None of woman born/shall harm MacbethC) Macbeth shall never be vanquished be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against himD) Their curse shall clast Macbeth and all his issue D
In scene 3, Malcolm meets Macduff in London and expresses concern overA) The might of Macbeth;s forcesB) Macbeth’s treacheryC) The valor of the offered english troops D) His own courage and resolve B
The murder of lady macduff and her children differs from that of Duncan or even of Banquo because it appears to be prompted by A) JealousyB) AmbitionC) Fury and frustrationD) Greed C
When Macduff asks about his family, Ross replies that “they were well at peace” when he last saw them. His statement is A) Unwittingly trueB) Deliberately misleadingC) Melodramatic and vagueD) Honestly offered but misinformed B
The news of lady Macbeth’s death has what effect on Macduff?A) It renders him deranged and unable to fightB) It makes him irrational with fury C) It spurs his determination to unseat MacbethD) It makes him fear others will be murdered as well C
Act four amply demonstrates that Macbeth has degenerated to the point where heA) Is incapable of any action whateverB) Feels he must kill all rivals to insure his ruleC) No longer has any feeling for his wife of heirsD)Relies completely on the witches’ predictions B
Lady Macduff: He wants the natural touch. For the poor wren, the most diminutive of birds, will fight, her young ones in the nest, against the owl in this assertion, Lady Macduff does which of the following?A) Talks with her sons about the birds of ScotlandB) Feels it unnatural for her husband to leave his family unprotectedC) Says that even the wren teaches its children to fightD) Says her husband is as timid as a nestling bird B
Macduff: Boundless intemperance in nature is a tyranny. It hath been the untimely emptying of the happy throne, and fall of many kings Macduff observes here thatA) Many kings have been unhappy on Scotland’s throneB) Lack of moderation and self-control can cause even a king to fallC) Bad weather is hampering the campaign against MacbethD) Human beings, like the weather, have their good days and bad days B
Macduff: Fit to govern! No, not to live. O nation miserable! With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered. When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again since the truest issue of thy throne by his own inderdiciton stands accursed in these furious words, the virtuous Macduff tellsA) Macbeth that he is a scoundrel, not a kingB) Lady Macbeth that her children are unfit to ruleC) Malcolm that he has shown himself unfit to rule ScotlandD) Ross that his news has proved him unworthy to rule Scotland C
Macduff: the queen that bore thee, oftener upon her knees than on her feet, died every day she lived Macbeth in these words, says that Malcolm’s motherA) Prayed often and was always prepared for dyingB) Died of a painful and lingering diseaseC) Prayed constantly for her family’s successD) Was a timid, fearful, unhappy person A
The final act of Macbeth supplies much evidence that Lady Macbeth has A) Quarreled with her husbandB) Interfered with her husband’s vengeful plansC) Become mentally derangedD) Kept her superstitious fears up to the last C
Unlike her husband, Lady Macbeth proves to be capable of A) Feels of repentance for wrongdoingB) Facing her own deathC) Fear or frightD) Dignity and resolution A
Until the very end, Macbeth believes that A) The witches’ predictions will save his lifeB) His suffering people will support himC) He can somehow flee from all his enemiesD) His heirs will rule Scotland A
As he prepares for his final battle, scene 3, Macbeth expresses his disappointment that old age will not bring himA) Children and heirsB) Contented retirementC) Love, honor, and many friendsD) A quiet sleep C
Doctor, foul whisperings are abroad, unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles, infected midns to their deaf pillows will discharge their secretsThese three lines can correctly be identified asA) The prose of normal speechB) Rhythmic, formal proseC) Irregularly rhymed linesD) Blank verse D
In these lines, one of the playwright’s concerns is the creation of an atmosphere of A) Hope and reassuranceB) Foreboding and evilC) Pity and concernsD) Puzzlement and helplessness B
In these lines, the doctor states that A) Lady Macbeth is seriously ill with an infectionB) Pollution in the air causes Lady Macbeth’s sicknessC) A guilty conscience may reveal itself in sleepwalkingD) Keeping troubles secret causes sleeplessness C
The passage’s fire four words tell us that A) Shocking rumors have spread about lady MacbethB) Gossip is always spread by slanderous tonguesC) The doctor disbelieves rumors about Lady Macbeth’s illnessD) Every famous person in inevitably gossiped about A
The phrase “deaf pillows” can best be paraphrased asA) The sleep of forgetfulnessB) Bedding that cannot hearC) A trusted husband or wifeD) The silence of the night B

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