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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 is so surprising about the way Lady Macbeth treats the king when he arrives at her castle in Act 1, Scene 6?

2. Who owns the victory of the battle between Scotland and its main enemy?

3. How many witches are there?

4. Who is the chief guest at Macbeth's celebration feast?

5. What title is Malcolm given after the battle is over?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Banquo wish to speak with Macbeth about late in the night just before Macbeth murders Duncan?

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

3. What is to be done with the captured Thane of Cawdor in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

5. What does Lady Macbeth call her husband after he has murdered Duncan?

6. What does Duncan make the King of Norway do in order to bury his dead?

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

8. What is the Porter doing just after Duncan is assassinated?

9. Why are Duncan's sons both considered suspects in Duncan's murder?

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

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

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 3

Power and greed are two common themes in this play. Where do they appear, and how do they differ in their manifestations?

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