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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 Macbeth's plan not fulfilled in Banquo's murder?

2. What is Lady Macbeth assured of after Banquo rides away from the castle in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. Who of the following is NOT found in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

5. Who is sent for to help the wounded sergeant in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hecate planning on harvesting from the moon?

2. Where is most of Malcolm's army from?

3. How does Macduff prove that he has slain Macbeth?

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

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

6. What does Malcolm suggest that his soldiers use as camouflage while approaching Macbeth's castle?

7. After reading her husband's letter in Act 1, Scene 5, what does Lady Macbeth fear Macbeth may be?

8. What causes Macbeth to hesitate in killing Duncan?

9. Who is the main general in Malcolm's army?

10. What is the weather like at the beginning of the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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