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. What does Macbeth ask mighty Neptune for help with?

2. How does Banquo know that Macbeth will not remain king?

3. Who does Duncan meet as he sets up camp at the beginning of the play?

4. How is Macbeth's plan not fulfilled in Banquo's murder?

5. How does Macbeth refer to his wife after she hears about the prophecy from the witches?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Banquo's first impression of Macbeth's castle?

3. What does the witch do to punish the sailor's wife who offends her?

4. In Act 3, Scene 1, what does Macbeth lament that Banquo has taken from him?

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

6. In Act 1, Scene 5, what does Macbeth write to his wife about while he is away at war?

7. In the first scene of the play, who else do the witches say they will meet with when they next meet?

8. How does Macbeth plan to kill Banquo and his son?

9. What does Ross speak with an old man about the morning after Duncan's assassination?

10. What does Duncan reward Lady Macbeth with the evening before his assassination?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Despair is a theme placed in a number of sensitive places in this plot. What are some of these places, and what role does despair play in this play?

Essay Topic 2

Security and safety are two themes that were touched on a number of times throughout the course of this play. What are some of these instances, and how does this affect the characters in these scenes?

Essay Topic 3

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the play. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the play, and what causes these changes?

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