Macbeth Test Questions

What is the central theme of Act I of The Tragedy of Macbeth?A.the price of fameB.the supernaturalC.betrayalD.loyalty in battle betrayal
The Tragedy of Macbeth and other Elizabethan plays represented a radical shift in English drama because they wereA. not about religious themes.B. based upon ancient myths.C. tragedies.D. performed by both men and women. not about religious themes.
Based upon the information in Act I, what appears to be Macbeth’s character flaw?A. an obsessive need to be lovedB.cowardiceC. a desire for powerD. slow-wittedness desire for power
During the Elizabethan period, theater companies began toA.travel more.B. use actors who were usually members of the nobility.C.use permanent performance spaces.D. cast men to play women and women to play men. use permanent performance spaces.
What important role do the witches play in Act I?A.They help define the setting.B.They provide historical background.C.They help describe other characters.D. They foreshadow events. they foreshadow events
Based upon the information in Act I, what can you infer about King Duncan?A.He is a weak leader.B.He is a shrewd military planner.C.He is reluctant to join his men in battle.D.He places a high value on bravery and loyalty. he places a high value on bravery and loyalty
Which of the following best describes Macbeth’s feelings about the possible assassination of King Duncan?A.great confidenceB.tortured ambivalenceC.determined ambitionD.relentless guilt tortured ambivalence
Why does Lady Macbeth think Macbeth has a poor chance of achieving power?A.He is not ruthless enough.B.He lacks sufficient ambition.C.He is too loyal to King Duncan.D.He does not have the wit to devise a workable plan. He is not ruthless enough.
What do stage directions give the reader?A.definitions of certain text termsB.information about what is taking place on the stageC.information about the characters’ backgroundsD.historical information about the play information about what is taking place on the stage
Throughout Act I, Macbeth’s plans and actions seem to be motivated most of all byA.his lust for wealth.B.the support of the witches.C.his wife’s encouragement.D.the advice of Banquo. his wife’s encouragement
Which of the following is an example of a stage direction?A.ALL. Fair is foul, and foul is fair. / Hover through the fog and filthy air.B.[Thunder and lightning. Enter THREE WITCHES.]C.3. Anon: At once.D.FIRST WITCH. I come, Graymalkin.l
Elizabethan tragedies were modeled on plays fromA.France.B.Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages.C.ancient Greece and Rome.D.early South American civilizations. ancient Greece and Rome.
The annotations in The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act I, are a helpful aid forA.figuring out what characters are physically doing on stage.B.clarifying unfamiliar language.C.understanding theme.D.following the plot structure of the play. clarifying unfamiliar language.
In what way is Lady Macbeth stronger than her husband?A.She is harsher with the servants.B.She is better able to pretend she loves King Duncan.C.She stands firm when Macbeth begins to waver in his deadly purpose.D.She understands the witches’ prophesies. She stands firm when Macbeth begins to waver in his deadly purpose.
Which would be true if you were watching a play at the Globe Theater back in Shakespeare’s day?A.The stage lighting would come from candles.B.The play would most likely be about a religious subject.C.The illusions of time and space would come from the words of the play.D.The audience would number about 15,000 people per performance. The illusions of time and space would come from the words of the play.
In Act I of The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth says, “… function / Is smothered in surmise.” Surmise means __________.A.angerB.playfulnessC.murderD.rumor rumor
Imperial and sovereign are examples ofA.words about political relationships.B.words about war.C.words about Shakespeare.D.words about witches. words about political relationships.
The soldier who sold secrets to the enemy army was imprisoned for __________.A.valorB.liegeC.sovereignD.treason treason
What is the central idea of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act II?A. Ambition leads to madness. B.Tragedy befalls even honest men. C.A murderer must live with his conscience. D.Crime does not pay. a murderer must live with his conscience
For which of the following reasons did Shakespeare probably choose to write The Tragedy of Macbeth in blank verse?A.to create a rhythmic effect B.to create an effect of natural speech C.to contrast with other metrical patterns D.to depart from conventional iambic pentameter
In Scene ii, Lady Macbeth’s purpose in drugging the servants isA.so they will commit King Duncan’s murder. B.so they will sleep through King Duncan’s murder. C.to erase their memory of the night. D.to kill them for their knowledge of the crime. so they will sleep through King Duncan’s murder.
Which of the following characterizes the line “This night’s great business into my dispatch” as blank verse?A.It has ten syllables with the stress falling on every second syllable. B.It is written in iambic hexameter. C.It pauses in three places to help prevent a singsong rhythm. D.It has ten syllables and a varied pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables. It has ten syllables with the stress falling on every second syllable.
Which of the following symbols in Scene ii signals that the murder has been accomplished?A.the knocking at the south entry B.the words spoken by Malcolm and Donalbain C.the owl’s scream and the crickets’ cries D.the voice Macbeth hears the owl’s scream and the crickets’ cries
Macbeth declares he will “sleep no more” because he believesA.he will now become a fugitive. B.his conscience will never let him rest. C.he will not have sweet dreams. D.he will soon die. his conscience will never let him rest.
What does Macbeth really mean when he indicates that the blood on his hands will redden all the seas?A.It is a comment on his profound guilt. B.Lady Macbeth will not be able to wash off the blood. C.It is a comment on his fear of being found out. D.He is afraid to wash the blood off his hands. It is a comment on his profound guilt.
In the Old Man’s dialogue in Scene iv, which of the following symbolizes King Duncan?A. a mousing owl B. darkness C. a horse D. a falcon a horse
In the following quotation from Banquo, what does he say the purpose of meeting should be?-And when we have our naked frailties hid,That suffer in exposure, let us meetAnd question this most bloody piece of work,To know it further. Fears and scruples shake us.-A.To know the bloody piece of work further B.To get shelter from the exposure suffered C.To shake their fears and scruples D.To hide their naked frailties To know the bloody piece of work further
When Lady Macbeth says, “My hands are of your color, but I shame / To wear a heart so white,” she means thatA.her hands are red with King Duncan’s blood and she is ashamed. B.her hands are red with King Duncan’s blood and she is afraid. C.her hands are red with King Duncan’s blood, but, unlike her husband, she is not afraid. D.she will have to live with the murder of King Duncan for the rest of her life. her hands are red with King Duncan’s blood, but, unlike her husband, she is not afraid.
What reason does Lady Macbeth give for not killing King Duncan herself?A.She says that she is a woman and incapable. B.She says the witches’ prophecy forbids it. C.She says the king looked like her father as he slept. D.She says that her husband must do it to prove his strength. She says the king looked like her father as he slept.
Unrhymed iambic pentameter is also calledA. blank verse. B. a metric foot. C. dialogue. D. trochee. blank verse
To make sense of blank verse, you mustA.read up to each line break and analyze before going on. B.read and analyze each full sentence, no matter where the line breaks. C.read each word as a separate thought. D.pay little attention to punctuation. read and analyze each full sentence, no matter where the line breaks.
Macbeth wants a position of __________ in the kingdom.A. stealthiness B. predominance C. palpability D. equivocation predominance
To creep through the castle without awakening anyone, Macbeth’s footsteps must be __________.A. imperial B. multitudinous C. palpable D. stealthy stealthy
Macbeth says that even the numerous, or __________ seas, will not wash off his guilt.A. multitudinous B. palpable C. stealthy D. predominant multitudinous
As soon as Macbeth commits murder, the weight of his conscience becomes __________.A. stealthy B. multitudinous C. palpable D. augmented palable

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