Macbeth Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the Porter speaking of death when he first appears on stage?

2. How does Lady Macbeth hear about the prophecy of the witches?

3. What does Lady Macbeth says she has in her mind after hearing the prophecy of the witches?

4. What does Banquo acknowledge in his soliloquy at the beginning of Act 3?

5. What does Macbeth see in a vision just as he is about to murder the king?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where has Macduff fled to after hearing about Banquo's death?

2. What plans does Macbeth hide from his wife in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. What does one of the witches sense in the air in Act 1, Scene 1?

4. What does Lady Macbeth do in order to allow for Macbeth to have safe passage past Duncan's chamberlains in Act 1, Scene 7?

5. What causes Macbeth to hesitate in killing Duncan?

6. What does Macbeth think his wife will do when she hears of his devious and secret plan in Act 3, Scene 2?

7. In Act 1, Scnee 6, what does Duncan say helped Macbeth to arrive at his castle so far ahead of himself?

8. What does the child with the tree branch tell Macbeth when he visits the three witches?

9. Why is Macbeth so sure that he will be victorious over Malcolm's army?

10. In Act 4, Scene 2, why is Lady Macduff so frustrated with the flight of her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the key examples of gratitude in this book, and how do these instances affect that characters involved in those scenes?

Essay Topic 2

Malcolm endures many different trials before the end of the play. What are some of these trials and what lessons does he learn through these experiences?

Essay Topic 3

How does Macbeth's relationship with his wife change over the course of the plot? What causes these changes, and what significance does this have to the outcome of the play?

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