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1. Based upon the information in Act I, what appears to be Macbeth's character flaw?
Desire for power
2. What important role do the witches play in Act I?
they foreshadow upcoming events
3. Which of the following best describes Macbeth's feelings about the possible assassination of King Duncan?
4. Why does Lady Macbeth think Macbeth has a poor chance of achieving power?
He is too kind and isn't ruthless enough
5. Throughout Act I, Macbeth's plans and actions seem to be motivated most of all by
his wife's manipulation and encouragement
6. Which of the following is an example of a stage direction?
(thunder and lightening.) Enter three witches.
7. In what way is Lady Macbeth stronger than her husband?
she stands firm when Macbeth begins to waver in his deadly purpose
8. In Scene ii, Lady Macbeth's purpose in drugging the servants is
so they will sleep through Duncan's murder
9. Macbeth declares he will "sleep no more" because he believes
his conscience will never let him rest.
10. When Lady Macbeth says, "My hands are of your color, but I shame / To wear a heart so white," she means that
her hands are red with King Duncan's blood, but, unlike her husband, she is not afraid.
11. What reason does Lady Macbeth give for not killing King Duncan herself?
She says the king looked like her father as he slept.
12. To persuade the two murderers to agree to kill Banquo, Macbeth tells them that
that Banquo has been the cause of all their misery.
13. What is the cause of Macbeth's irrational behavior at the banquet?
His guilty conscious
14. Macbeth's guilt causing him to imagine he sees Banquo's ghost at the banquet is an example of
15. By the end of Act III, how has Macbeth changed since the beginning of the play?
He is now quick to use treachery to suit his ends
16. When Act III begins, Banquo says that he knows
Macbeth killed Duncan
17. One example of dramatic irony in Act III of The Tragedy of Macbeth
Macbeth's regret because he knows Banquo is dead
18. A major purpose of Act IV is to foreshadow events related to
19. When the witch says, "Something wicked this way comes," you know that
the witches now consider Macbeth as evil.
20. In Scene iii, what finally convinces Malcolm that Macduff is loyal?
Macduff's despair and sadness that his country has wicked leadership
21. Which of the following lines spoken by Malcolm best conveys how he really feels about Scotland? "...
..It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash / Is added to her wounds."
22. The end of Act IV foreshadows an important conflict between
Macbeth and Macduff
23. In Act IV, Macbeth visits the witches because he thinks
that their evil doings can help him maintain his power
24. What is the main message of The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act V, Scene i, which includes Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking scene?
A guilty conscience is not easily mended.
25. In Scene iii, what does Macbeth's behavior toward the servant who comes to deliver a message ultimately show about Macbeth's character?
He has grown brutal
26. When Macbeth reveals in Scene v that he has grown impervious to fear and horror, he is underscoring the play's theme of the
destructiveness of blind ambition
27. At what point does Macbeth first begin to realize that he has been tricked by the prophecies?
when he learns that Birnam Wood is moving toward the castle
28. In Act V, in what way does Macbeth revert to his former self?
He fights with courage and skill.
29. Why does Shakespeare have Macbeth display certain admirable traits at the end of the play?
to reinforce the idea that Macbeth is a victim of his tragic flaw
30. In Act V, which of the following represents the resolution of the plot?
Macduff kills Macbeth
a disease or unwholesome condition
a failing of character in the hero of a tragedy that brings about his downfall.
a feeling of sadness or pity evoked by literature
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
A figure of speech where an object, person, or situation has another meaning other than its literal meaning
a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction
a person who is devoted to sensual enjoyment, food, or drink, a connoisseur
a protagonist who suffers a rise in the fortune followed by a sudden rapid downfall
a quality that evokes pity or sadness.
a source of harm or destruction, harmful, or destructive
an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play
an ambiguity that hides the truth, misleading double meaning
an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
An expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism
believing on slight evidence, gullible
deserted, without inhabitants, barren
happens when a character's dialogue is spoken but not heard by the other actors on the stage. Asides are useful for giving the audience special information about the other characters onstage or the action of the plot.
having supreme rank, degree, or power
immoderate greed for wealth, insatiable greed
lack of moderation usually related to alcohol, excessive indulgence of appetite or passion
one who takes another's place, authority or possessions without right
plain or unattractive in appearance, or simple
plain or unattractive in appearance, simple
skillfully, quickly, dexterously, nimbly
Skillfully, quickly, dexterously, nimbly
small and insignificant, of little or no importance
small, little, tiny
something that is marked or scarred by searing
something that precedes and forecasts
something that relieves the effects of poison
the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art and literature
this is the fundamental character flaw that leads to the protagonist's downfall
to worry or be annoyed
very destructive or harmful, deadly