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. Where does Banquo's killer wait for him?

2. What does Macbeth feel that Banquo has stripped him of?

3. Who escapes the ambush on Banquo in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

5. What news does Macbeth choose to not tell his wife after Banquo rides away from the castle in Act 3, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Ross speak with an old man about the morning after Duncan's assassination?

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

6. In Act 1, Scnee 6, what does Duncan say helped Macbeth to arrive at his castle so far ahead of himself?

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

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

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

10. How does a sailor's wife offend one of the witches?

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

What role does symbolism play in the story and where does it appear? How is the plot altered by the presence of these symbols?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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