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
Identify the setting of the play.
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
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
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
In Scene 2, the audience finds out that Scotland is at war with which country?
King Duncan views the Thane of Cawdor with angry contempt because of the Thane's
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
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
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.
Who becomes an unexpected complication for Macbeth in attaining the crown?
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
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
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!
Lady Macbeth is able to manipulate her husband by questioning his
D love for her
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
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
Macbeth's actions on the battlefield show him to be all of the folowing except
B recklessly brave
C loyal to the king
D capable of great violence
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
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
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
Bonus Question (optional): Correctly spell the first and last name of the Macbeth playwright.
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