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- What is the central theme of Macbeth ACT I? A. The price of fame B. the supernatural C. betrayal D. loyalty in battle
- What seems to be Macbeth’s character flaw so far in the play? A. an obsessive need for love B. being a coward C. a desire for power D. being stupid
- What important role do the witches play in ACT I? They . . . A. help define the setting B. provide historical background C. help describe other characters D. foreshadow events
- What can you deduce (infer) about King Duncan in Act I? A. He is a weak leader B. He is a smart battle leader C. He is a coward D. He values bravery and loyalty
- Why does Lady Macbeth think her husband has a poor chance of achieving power when She reads the letter in Act I? A. He is not ruthless enough. B. He lacks enough ambition. C. He is too loyal to Duncan. D. He is not smart enough to outwit Duncan.
- Throughout Act I, Macbeth’s plans and actions seem to be motivated most by A. his lust for power B. the support of the witches C. his wife’s encouragement D. the advice of Banquo
- Which of the following is an example of a stage direction? A. ALL. Fair is foul, and foul is fair. / Hover through fog and filthy air. B. [thunder and lightning. Enter THREE WITCHES.] C. 3. Anon: at once D. FIRST WITCH. I come, Graymalkin.
- What is the central idea of ACT II of Macbeth? A. Ambition leads to madness. B. Tragedy comes to honest men. C. A murder must live with his conscience. D. Crime does not pay.
- Lady Macbeth’s purpose in drugging the servants is A. so they will commit King Duncan’s murder B. so they will sleep through the murder C. to erase their memories of the crime D. to kill them for seeing her crime
- Macbeth says in Act II that he will “sleep no more” because he believes that A. he will now become a fugitive B. his conscience will not let him rest C. He will not have good dreams D. he will soon die
- When Lady Macbeth says, “My hands are of your color, but I shame / To wear so White a heart” she means that her A. hands are read with Duncan’s blood and she is ashamed B. hands are red with Duncan’s blood and she is afraid C. hands are red with Duncan’s blood, but unlike Macbeth, she is not afraid D. conscience will always remind her of her bloody deed
- Why do you suppose that Shakespeare made Bonquo the last person that Macbeth sees Before he murders Duncan? A. Banquo, who is loyal to the king, represents Macbeth’s last change to do what is Right and call off the murderous plan B. Banquo and Macbeth have both heard the witches’ prophesies and Banquo Probably knows what Macbeth is about to do C. Shakespeare needed some comic relief in this part of the play D. Shakespeare had to introduce Fleance to the audience
- What excuse does Lady Macbeth give for NOT killing the king herself? A. She says that a woman cannot be capable of murder. B. She says that the witches’ prophesy forbids it. C. She says that Duncan looked like her father as he slept. D. She says that Macbeth must do it himself to prove his strength.
- What is the setting of the play? A. ancient Rome B. medieval Scotland C. Elizabethan England D. Stratford-upon-Avon
- Choose the answer that seems to be Lady Macbeth’s main motivation to plan the Murder of King Duncan: A. excessive love of money B. excessive ambition for her husband C. fear of losing her husband in battle D. insecurity about whether or not her husband truly loves her
- Compare and contrast Lady Macbeth and her husband in the first two acts. Are they alike at all? How are they different?
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Easy to grade quiz over Acts I and II. Students can circle the correct answer. This can be useful for a quick evaluation of what the students understood from the acts.