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

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

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

4. What does Macbeth say he will have to do if he is caught murdering the king?

5. What do the witches say are their greatest pleasure in life?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 4, Scene 2, what happens to Lady Macduff as she is preparing to join her husband?

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

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

4. Why does Macbeth not want to receive any more reports from the doctor and his attendant in Act 5, Scene 2?

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

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

7. What is peculiar about the appearance of the surprise visitor to Macbeth's banquet in Act 3, Scene 4?

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

9. In Act 3, Scene 1, what do the witches prophecy for Banquo's future?

10. In Act 1, Scene 4, what title does Duncan bestow upon Malcolm after the battle?

Essay Topics

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

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 3

How does Macbeth's relationship with his wife change over the course of the plot? What causes these changes, and what significance does this have to the outcome of the play?

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