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Macbeth Quiz--Act One and Act Two
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I. Write the letter that best answers the question on the line in front of the number.
- Whom does Lady Macbeth frame for Duncan’s murder? A) Macbeth; B)Malcolm; C) Duncan’s guards; D) Banquo; E) The witches
- What vision does Macbeth have before he kills Duncan? A) He sees a floating head urging him to spill blood; B) He sees Lady Macbeth calling him a coward; C) He sees a bloody axe lodged in Duncan’s head; D) He sees a floating dagger pointing him to Duncan’s chamber; E) He sees a pale maiden weeping in the moonlight.
- What do Malcolm and Donalbain do after Duncan is murdered? A) Flee to England and Ireland; B) Kill Macbeth; C) Commit suicide for their loss; D) Blame Banquo; E) Kill each other in a fight over the throne.
- Which of the following in NOT a prophecy the witches make? A) Macbeth will be king; B) Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor; C) Banquo will be much happier than Macbeth. D) Banquo’s sons will be king; E) Banquo will die a gruesome death.
- Why does Macbeth envy Duncan’s son, Malcolm? A) Lady Macbeth had been cheating on him with Malcolm; B) Malcolm has been named Duncan’s heir to the throne; C) Malcolm is better looking than Macbeth; D) Malcolm has been named Thane of Cawdor; E) Malcolm is being celebrated for battle victories that are actually Macbeth’s.
- Who finds Duncan’s body? A) Lennox; B) Malcom; C) Ross; D) Macduff; E) Angus.
- Why doesn’t Lady Macbeth kill Duncan herself? A) She didn’t want to get blood on her dress; B) Macbeth insisted that he do it; C) She is against the murder; D) She is too afraid; E) He resembled her father.
- Who is the first person to say Macbeth’s name in the play and why is this important? A) The witches—it indicates Macbeth may have some dealings in evil; B) Duncan—It indicates Macbeth will eventually become king. C) Lady Macbeth—It indicates how strong their relationship is. D) Banquo—It shows what a true friend Banquo is; E) Malcolm—it hints at the animosity between Malcolm and Macbeth.
- How does Lady Macbeth convince Macbeth to kill Duncan? A) She’llwithhold sex until he kills Duncan; B) She tells him she had a dream that he killed Duncan; C) She questions his manhood and his ambition; D) She has Banquoconvince Macbeth to kill Duncan; E) She writes a false letter from Duncan, saying horrible things about Macbeth and leaves it where Macbeth can find it.
- What does Shakespeare use the inability to sleep as a metaphor for? A) Death; B) Hunger; C) Lack of money; D) A guilty conscience; E) A troubled relationship.
II. Identify the speaker of each quote. Write the correct spelling of the name in the blank before the quote. If there is no character name, be as descriptive as possible.
- “If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well/It were done quickly.”
- “What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won.”
- “Fair is foul and foul is fair.”
- “Stars, hide your fires;/Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
- “Come, you spirits/that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here…”
- “No, this may hand will rather/The multitudinous seas incarnadine/Making the green one red.”
- “Knock, knock! Who’s there, in the other devil’s name?”
- “Bring forth men-children only…”
III. Choose one of the quotes above and, using the space provided, BRIEFLY discuss its importance in Macbeth. You may want to discuss such things as who said it, who it was said to, when it was said, why it was said, the language and words that are used, the rhythm and structure, any literary devices (similes, metaphors, personification, irony, foreshadowing, symbols, etc.) Please be sure it is clear which quote you are writing about.
IV. Extra credit. Why does Ms. Schultz call Macbeth “The Scottish Play?”
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A short quiz for acts one and two of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"