Macbeth Act I Test
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by Mary Sawyer
| 21 Questions
Note from the author:
20 question multiple choice quiz regarding events from Act 1 of Macbeth
1 pt
Identify the setting of the play.
A Ireland
B Scotland
C England
D France
1 pt
Which of the following best describes the mood of scene 1?
A uneasiness and gloom
B wonder and astonishment
C horror and shock
D confusion and upset
1 pt
What theme is introduced in Scene 1 when the witches chant, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair"?
A nothing can be believed
B appearances can be deceiving
C opposites mean the same
D good people are actually bad
1 pt
The witches in Scene 1 inform the audience that
A there will be a new king of Scotland
B Macbeth has acted bravely in battle
C trouble is coming to Scotland
D they will see Macbeth after the battle
1 pt
In Scene 2, the audience finds out that Scotland is at war with which country?
A England
B Denmark
C Norway
D Ireland
1 pt
King Duncan views the Thane of Cawdor with angry contempt because of the Thane's
A greed
B incompetence
C cowardliness
D disloyalty
1 pt
What prophecy do the witches give Banquo?
A Banquo will be greater than Macbeth
B Banquo's descendants will be kings
C Banquo will be king someday
D Banquo will soon die
1 pt
Banquo wonders if they hallucinated witches. Macbeth only wants to hear more. This shows that
A Macbeth is realistic; Banquo doesn't believe in prophecies
B Banquo is losing his grip on reality; Macbeth's clear-headed
C Both Macbeth and Banquo want the prophecies to be true
D Macbeth is ambitious; Banquo questions the prophecies
1 pt
What news does Ross bring Macbeth?
A Lady Macbeth has given birth
B King Duncan will celebrate their victory at Macbeth's home
C Duncan has bestowed upon him the title of Thane of Cawdor
D The Thane of Cawdor has been executed.
1 pt
Who becomes an unexpected complication for Macbeth in attaining the crown?
A Banquo
B Angus
C Ross
D Malcolm
1 pt
In Scene 3, Macbeth first shows his curiosity and ambition about becoming king when he
A invites Duncan to his home to celebrate victory over Norway
B heroically eliminates many enemy soldiers
C listens to Banquo discuss the witches and their prophecies
D questions the witches about the prophecies they revealed
1 pt
In Scene 3, what is the purpose of the witches presence and their topic of conversation?
A To illustrate the extent of their vindictive and evil nature
B To show the audience that they are not all bad
C To remind the audience of the prophecies they made earlier
D To add comic relief to the scene and lighten the mood
1 pt
Lady Macbeth's prayer to the spirits upon learning the king will be coming to Macbeth's home
A Fill me with cruelty!
B Let King Duncan die!
C God save the King!
D Curse the hags who planted false hope in Macbeth's head!
1 pt
Lady Macbeth is able to manipulate her husband by questioning his
A strength
B fears
C manhood
D love for her
1 pt
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says Macbeth is “too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” ?
A Macbeth lacks the malevolence necessary to murder the king
B Macbeth doesn't exhibit the respect she demands for her plan
C Macbeth lacks the ambition to be anything greater than Thane
D Macbeth doesn't possess the virtues necessary to be a king
1 pt
In Scene 5, Lady Macbeth's immediate reaction upon reading her husband's letter is to express doubt about
A her own determination
B Macbeth's ambition
C the witch's prophecies
D Macbeth's strength of will
1 pt
Macbeth's actions on the battlefield show him to be all of the folowing except
A superstitious
B recklessly brave
C loyal to the king
D capable of great violence
1 pt
Lady Macbeth says that she would sooner murder her own infant than
A doubt her husband
B go back on an oath
C behave dishonestly
D give away the plan to kill the king
1 pt
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth intend on getting away with murder by making it seem as if he
A committed suicide
B was murdered by others
C died of natural causes
D deserved what happened to him
1 pt
In Scene 7, Macbeth gives several reasons for why he cannot kill King Duncan EXCEPT
A the king is corrupt
B he is related to the king
C the king is much loved by the people of Scotland
D he risks his soul going to hell
1 pt
Bonus Question (optional): Correctly spell the first and last name of the Macbeth playwright.
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