Macbeth Study Guide Questions for Final Exam

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Who are the first characters to appear in this play?
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Three Witches
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What is the weather like at the beginning of the play?
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Lightning and thunder
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What do the witches vow to do at the beginning of the play?
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Meet again
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When do the witches want to meet?
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After a mighty battle
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Where does the sun seem to set at the beginning of the play?
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The heath
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Where is the play set?
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Scotland
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Who do the witches plan to meet after parting in Act 1, Scene 1?
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Macbeth
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What do the witches sense in the air in Act 1, Scene 1?
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Something murky
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What are the witches anticipating at the beginning of the play?
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Something to happen on a larger scale
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What do the witches say are their greatest pleasure in life?
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Deceiving
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How many witches are there?
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Three
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What kind of land is featured in Act 1, Scene 1?
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Desert
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Who of the following is NOT found in Act 1, Scene 2? Malcom, Macbeth, Duncan, or Lennox
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Macbeth
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Where does Duncan decide to camp at the beginning of the play?
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Forrest
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Who does Duncan meet as he sets up camp at the beginning of the play?
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A wounded soldier
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What title does Duncan hold?
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King
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What did Macbeth do to Macdonwald?
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Ripped him in half with his sword
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Who is the main enemy of Scotland at the time of this play?
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Norway
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In Act 1, Scene 2, why does the sergeant not finish telling Duncan of the battle?
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He faints from loss of blood
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Who is assisting the main enemy of Scotland at the time of this play?
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The Thane of Cawdor
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Who is sent for help the wounded sergeant? (Act 1, Scene 2)
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A surgeon
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Who owns the victory of the battle between Scotland and its main enemy?
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Duncan
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What must the loser of the battle between Scotland and it’s enemy do in order to bury their dead men?
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Pay a tribute
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Who is the hero of the battle between Scotland and its main enemy?
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Macbeth
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Where do the witches go after Scotland’s battle is over?
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The heath
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Who offends the first witch? (Act 1, Scene 3)
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A sailor’s wife
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How is the first witch offended? (Act 1, Scene 3)
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The sailor’s wife will not share chestnuts with her
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What does the first witch do to get her revenge on the person who offended her? (Act 1, Scene 3)
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Curses the sailor with lack of sleep and fatigue
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What is Macbeth’s first reaction to the witches?
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Surprised and disgusted
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What do the witches tell Macbeth he will become? (Act 1, Scene 3)
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The Thane of Cawdor
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What happens to the original Thane of Cawdor?
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He is to be executed
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Who is to be the new Thane of Cawdor?
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Macbeth
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What does Malcolm tell Duncan the Thane of Cawdor just before the new Thane is named?
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He died with dignity
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How are Malcolm and Duncan related?
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Malcolm is Duncan’s son
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In an aside to the audience, what does Macbeth say he is carrying? (Act 1, Scene 4)
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Black and deep desires
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What title is Malcolm given after the battle is over?
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Prince of Cumberland
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Where is Macbeth’s castle?
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Inverness
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How does Lady Macbeth hear about the prophecy of the witches?
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Her husband writes a letter about it
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How does Macbeth refer to his wife after she hears about the prophecy from the witches?
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His dearest partner in greatness
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What does Lady Macbeth plan after hearing about the prophecy of the witches?
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The murder of the King
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What does Lady Macbeth tell her husband to do in front of the king when he comes to their home?
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Play the innocent
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What does Lady Macbeth says she has in her mind after hearing the prophecy of the witches?
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A serpent’s cunning
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Which of these is NOT a guest as Macbeth’s castle after the battle? Angus, Lennox, Donalbain, or Macdonwald?
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Macdonwald
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what does Banquo say about Macbeth’s castle when he first arrives there?
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It is pleasant and inviting
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Who is the first to greet Duncan at Macbeth’s castle?
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Lady Macbeth
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What does Duncan say gave Macbeth speed after the battle?
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Love for his wife
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How does Lady Macbeth act when the king arrives at her castle? (Act 1, Scene 6)
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Warm and inviting
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What is so surprising about the way Lady Macbeth treats the king when he arrives at her castle? (Act 1, Scene 6)
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She is planning his murder
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What does Macbeth say about killing Duncan after Duncan arrives at his castle?
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It is not the time
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What does Macbeth say he will have to do if he is caught murdering the king?
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Kill himself
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What two reasons does Macbeth give for not wanting to kill Duncan?
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Macbeth is his hot and he is a kinsman
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What does Macbeth say the people would do if Duncan were killed?
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Cry
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What does Lady Macbeth say she would do before breaking a promise?
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Kill her own child
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Who does Lady Macbeth want to frame for Duncan’s murder?
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His chamberlains
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How are Banquo and Fleance related?
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Banquo is Fleance’s father
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What does Banquo suffer from on his first night in Macbeth’s castle?
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Bad thoughts
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What does Duncan give Lady Macbeth? (Act 2, Scene 1)
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A diamond
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What does Banquo wish to speak with Macbeth about on his first night in Macbeth’s castle?
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the witches
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What does Macbeth see in a vision just as he is about to murder the king?
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A dagger
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What does Macbeth ask his wife to prepare for him for after he has completed his chore? (Act 2, Scene 1)
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A drink
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What does Lady Macbeth give the chamberlains to make them sleep?
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Wine
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What gave Lady Macbeth the courage to continue with her plot? (Act 2, Scene 2)
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An owl shriek
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What does a voice tell Macbeth he shall do no more after killing Duncan?
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Sleep
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What does Macbeth ask mighty Neptune for help with?
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Washing blood off his hands
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What color does Macbeth say he shall make the green sea?
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Red
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How is the Porter speaking of death when he first appears on stage?
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He is telling knock-knock jokes about death
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What did Lennox tell Macbeth about the night of Duncan’s murder?
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He was kept awake by strange noises and lamentations
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Who is the first person to see the king dead?
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Macduff
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How is Lady Macbeth told of the king’s murder the morning after?
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A bell is tolled
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What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction when she is told of the king’s death the morning after?
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She acts shocked
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Where does Donalbain go after Duncan’s death?
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Ireland
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How old is the Old Man?
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70
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Who is speaking with the Old Man when he first appears on stage?
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Ross
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Where is the Old Man standing when he first appears on stage?
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Outside Macbeth’s castle
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Which of the following is NOT a strange anomaly seen by the Old Man? -Owls flying at noon -Horses eating each other -Darkness at noon day -A great falcon being killed by a mousing owl
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Owl flying at noon
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Who does Macduff think is responsible for killing Duncan?
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The Chamberlains
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Where is Macbeth going to be crowned king?
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Scone
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What does Banquo acknowledge in hi soliloquy at the beginning of Act 3?
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The truthfulness of the witches’ prophecy
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How does Banquo know that Macbeth will not remain king?
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Banquo’s son were prophesied to be kings
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Who is the chief guest at Macbeth’s celebration feast?
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Banquo
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Who does Macbeth hire after Banquo leaves the castle for the day? (Act 2, Scene 1)
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Murderers
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What does Macbeth feel that Banquo has stripped him of?
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His lineage
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Why is Banquo no able to attend the banquet until nightfall?
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He has a long ride to make
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Who does Banquo think killed Duncan?
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Macbeth
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What is Lady Macbeth assured of after Banquo rises away from the castle? (Act 3, Scene 2)
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Banquo will be in attendance that night
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What news does Macbeth choose to not tell his wife after Banquo rides away from the castle? (Act 3, Scene 2)
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He has a plan to kill Banquo
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Who has sole responsibility for the impending doom of Banquo?
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Macbeth
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Why is Macbeth plotting to kill Banquo at all?
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The prophecy of Banquo’s sons becoming kings
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What does Macbeth think his wife will do after she hears of Banquo’s murder?
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Celebrate
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Who kills Banquo?
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Hired murderers
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Where does Banquo’s killers wait for him?
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A park
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Who escapes the ambush on Banquo? (Act 3, Scene 3)
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His son
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How is Macbeth’s plan not fulfilled in Banquo’s murder?
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Banquo’s son escapes
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Where is Banquo killed
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Near the palace
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What does the person who escaped the ambush on Banquo do? (Act 3, Scene 3)
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Ride away at top speed
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Who of the following in NOT in attendance in the hall when the banquet begins? (Act 3, Scene 3) -Donalbain -Ross -Macbeth -Lennox
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Donalbain
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Who appears at the door when the banquet first begins?
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The murderer
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What does Macbeth tell the unexpected visitor to the hall at the beginning of the banquet to do?
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Stand outside
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Where did Banquo receive 20 gashes?
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His head
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What news terrifies Macbeth at his banquet?
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Fleance escaped
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What does Macbeth see at the banquet that no one else does?
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Banquo’s ghost
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Who do the witches meet with the morning after Banquo’s murder?
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Hecate
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What are the witches rebuked for the morning after Banquo’s murder?
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Not alerting Hecate about Macbeth
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What do the witches plan to show Macbeth the morning after Banquo’s murder?
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His destiny
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What do the witches plan to harvest from the moon?
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A Vaporous drop
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What do the witches plan to do with that which they harvest from the moon?
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Create evil spirits
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After the murders of Duncan and Banquo, what do the witches view Macbeth as?
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A wayward son
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Who does Lennox speak to about Banquo’s death?
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A lord
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Where does Macduff go after Banquo’s murder?
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Ireland
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What is Macduff doing as he flees after Banquo’s death?
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Plotting against Macbeth
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Who is Duncan’s heir?
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Malcolm
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What does Macduff do when summoned by Macbeth? (Act 3, Scene 6)
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Refuses to come
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Who is helping Macduff when he flees after Banquo’s murder?
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Malcom
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What are the witches doing at the beginning of Act 4?
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Stirring things in their cauldron
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What do the witches do at the beginning of Act 4 when they are joined by Hecate?
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Dance and sing
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What is the first apparition to appear to Macbeth’s when he meets with the witches?
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A bloody child
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What is the third apparition to appear to Macbeth when he meets with the witches?
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A child holding a branch
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What does the first apparition warn Macbeth against?
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The Thane of Fife
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What does Lady Macbeth say her husband’s flight makes her look like?
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A traitor
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Who is with Lady Macbeth in her castle when she hears her husband has fled?
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Her son
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Who of the following has NOT fled the country by Act 4, Scene 2? -Malcolm -Donalbain -Macduff -Ross
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Ross
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What does Ross say about Macduff after he has fled?
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He is noble and wise
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What does Macduff’s son compare himself to when he hears that his father has fled?
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A bird
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What happens to Macduff’s family after he has fled the country?
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They are murdered
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What does Malcolm tell Macduff after they have both fled?
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He is filled with sadness
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What does Macduff tell Malcolm to do after they have both fled?
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Be strong and take up his sword
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What does Macduff promise Malcolm he is not? (Act 4, Scene 4)
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A traitor
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Why is Malcolm afraid to take up the crown?
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He has many vices
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Why does Malcolm lie to Macduff about being a lusty man?
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He is testing Macduff
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What does Macduff do when he hears his family has been murdered?
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Swears vengeance on Macbeth
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Where does the first scene in Act 5 take place?
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An anteroom in Macbeth’s castle
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Who are speaking at the beginning of Act 5?
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A gentlewoman and a doctor
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What has been happening to Lady Macbeth since Banquo’s death?
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She has been sleepwalking
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What is Lady Macbeth trying to do while she is sleeping?
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Wash her hands
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What is so surprising to Lady Macbeth about an old man? (Act 5, Scene 1)
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How much blood he has
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What does a doctor say Lady Macbeth needs to heal?
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A priest
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Who of the following is NOT among the soldiers in Dunsinane? -Merteith -Donalbain -Angus -Lennox
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Donalbain
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What do the soldiers in Dunsinane enter with? (Act 5, Scene 2)
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A drum and colors
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Where is Malcolm when the other soldiers are at Dunsinane?
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Bimam Wood
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What has caused Macbeth’s fiery rage while the soldiers are all in Dunsinane?
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His secret murders
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How do the soldiers in Dunsinane plan to murge Macbeth of his anger?
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Righteous war
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Why is Macbeth not at all disturbed by the war drums?
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He feel protected from his enemies
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What does Macebeth ask his doctors to do when he hears the war drums form Dunisnane?
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Stop giving him reports
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What is the one thing that will frighten Macbeth?
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Seeing the wood move the castle
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How many soldiers are in Dunsinane? (Act 5, Scene 3)
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10,000
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What does Macbeth call his servant who tried to warm him of the encroaching army?
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A coward
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What does Macbeth ask Seyton to do as the army approaches? (Act 5, Scene 3)
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Prepare his armor
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What makes Macbeth feel invincible in Act 5?
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The prophecy of the witches
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Who is the leader of the army at Dunsinane?
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General Siward
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What do the men in Dunsinane use as camouflage?
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Branches from trees in the wood
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who suggests the form of camouflage that the army in Dunsinane uses?
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Malcolm
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What is the army in Dunisnane trying to hide with their unique camouflage?
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Their numbers
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What has most of Macbeth’s army done while the army of Dunisnane prepares for battle?
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Fled
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How does Macbeth feel about what his army has done while the army in Dunsinane prepares for battle?
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He is still confident that he will win
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What is Macbeth’s title in the castle at Dunisnane?
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King
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What does Macbeth think will happen to his enemies while he is in his castle?
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They will starve and suffer with ague
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What is the source of the shrill cry Macbeth hears as the army approaches his castle? (Act 5, Scene 5)
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His wife has died
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What does Macbeh fear his future will be after finding out the source of the shrill cry? (Act 5, Scene 5)
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Dusty death
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How does Macbeth hear that Birmam Wood is moving towards the castle?
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His sentry tells him
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How does Lady Macbeth die?
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Suicide
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What does the army at Dunsinane do when they reach the castle?
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Rest
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What does Malcolm tell the army to do when they reach the castle at Dunisnane?
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Put down their branches
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Who will lead the first assault on the castle? (Act 5, Scene 6)
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Siward
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Why is Macbeth afraid when the army reaches the castle when he has been so confident until then?
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The witches warnings are coming true
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Where did the army get the boughs they are holding?
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From Birmam wood
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What were the boughs held by the army used for?
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Camouflage
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Where is the army at Dunisnane from?
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England
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What does Macbeth decide he must do when he sees the army at his castle? (Act 5 Scene 7)
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Make a stand
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Who is the first person killed by Macbeth in the battle at his castle?
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Young Siward
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How does Macbeth fell about his first killing in the battle? (Act 5, Scene 7)
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Confident
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Who wants to take revenge personally on Macbeth during the battle at the castle?
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Macduff
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Why is Macbeth not afraid of the man sworn to take revenge on him?
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The prophecy from the witches give him courage
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What does Macbeth say he will not do when he sees two angry and armed men approach him in the castle? (Act 5, Scene 8)
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Fall on his sword
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How was Macduff born?
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Ripped from his mother’s womb
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Why is Macduff’s birth so important to the plot?
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Macbeth cannot be killed by a man born naturally of a women
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What does Macduff call Macbeth as they fight?
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A tyrant
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What brings Siward comfort when he hears of his son’s death?
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He died nobly
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Who is crowned king at the end of the play?
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Malcolm

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