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 Lady Macbeth told of the king's murder the morning after?

2. Who is assisting the main enemy of Scotland at the time of this play?

3. What does Macbeth say about killing Duncan after Duncan arrives at his castle?

4. Who is speaking with the Old Man when he first appears on stage?

5. What does Banquo suffer from on his first night in Macbeth's castle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the Thane of Cawdor die?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The characters in this book all have their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and write their main motivation throughout the play and how this goal affected the characters around them.

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