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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. In Act 1, Scene 2, why does the sergeant not finish telling Duncan of the battle?
2. Who is the main enemy of Scotland at the time of this play?
3. How are Malcolm and Duncan related?
4. What do the witches sense in the air in Act 1, Scene 1?
5. What is Macbeth's first reaction to the witches?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Banquo wish to speak with Macbeth about late in the night just before Macbeth murders Duncan?
2. Why does Macbeth want Banquo and his son killed?
3. What is to be done with the captured Thane of Cawdor in Act 1, Scene 2?
4. After reading her husband's letter in Act 1, Scene 5, what does Lady Macbeth fear Macbeth may be?
5. Who is framed for Duncan's murder?
6. What does Lady Macbeth do in order to allow for Macbeth to have safe passage past Duncan's chamberlains in Act 1, Scene 7?
7. What is the Porter doing just after Duncan is assassinated?
8. In Act 1, Scene 4, what title does Duncan bestow upon Malcolm after the battle?
9. What does Lady Macbeth call her husband after he has murdered Duncan?
10. In Act 3, Scene 1, what does Macbeth lament that Banquo has taken from him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
General Siward was a minor character whose presence makes a big difference in the plot. How does he accomplish this? What are some ways that his presence--however brief--altered the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Siward had not been in the play at all?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Many different characters in this play are persuaded to do things that they would not have done of their own accord. What are some of these instances, and how does persuasion affect the course of the plot?
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