MacBeth
Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

1. ACT I pages 1-8

King Duncan decides to make Macbeth Thane of Cawdor because
a. the last Thane of Cawdor went mad
c. the witches told him to
b. Macbeth fought heroically for him
d. the last Thane of Cawdor died

2. After reading the letter from her husband, Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to “Make thick my blood, /Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse.” She is asking
a. for guidance so that she can maintain her sense ofjustice and goodness
b. to be made insensitive to the cruelty she is planning
c. for assurance that she and her husband might agree on a plan
d. for access to her husband’s unspoken thoughts

3. Which of the following quotations from Act I is the best example of paradox?
a. “I’ll drain him dry as hay. .
b. “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.”
c. “0, never / Shall sun that morrow see!”
d. “Was the hope drunk / Wherein you dressed yourself?”

4. Near the end of Act I, Macbeth expresses doubt about murdering the king because
a. Macbeth is the king’s subject and host
b. it could weaken all of Scotland
c. the king’s sons would kill him
d. Lady Macbeth has misgivings

5. In the play’s first act, Duncan’s attitude toward Macbeth is best described as
a. respectful and kind
c. ungrateful and rude
b. suspicious and aloof
d. gracious and forgiving

6. Which of the following is not true?
a. Scotland is at war with an invader.
b. The thane of Cawdor is a traitor.
c. Duncan has a male heir named Malcolm.
d. Duncan and Macbeth are brothers.

7. Before Macbeth makes his first appearance, we learn about his
a. ambition c. superstitions
b. great power d. bravery
8. Lady Macbeth’s remark that her husband is “too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” indicates that she is
a. ruthless
b. unambitious
c. considerate
d. very much like her husband

9. What is Macbeth’s tragic flaw?
a. his lust for power
b. his lack of political skills
c. his fondness for Macduff
d. his military expertise

10. All of the following are elements of a tragedy except
a. a central character who makes mistakes
b. a catastrophe near the end or conclusion
c. frequent messages from the gods
d. a central character who is often high-ranking

11. This person praises MacBeth and expresses a desire to visit Inverness.
a. the Captain
b. Banquo
c. the King
d. Lady MacBeth

12. This person worries about the consequences of his actions.
a. the King
b. Banquo
c. MacBeth
d. Lady MacBeth

13. This person doubts MacBeth’s determination to kill the king.
a. the King
b. Banquo
c. the Captain
d. Lady MacBeth

14. This person tells the King about MacBeth’s and Banquo’s bravery in battle.
a. Donalbain
b. Banquo
c. the Captain
d. Lady MacBeth

15. ACT II pages 9-15
The dagger that Macbeth sees in his Scene I soliloquy
a. was given to him by his wife b. is part of a hallucination
d. is lost in the confusion
16. When Macbeth talks agitatedly about the murders, Lady Macbeth urges him to
a. run away immediately
b. has already been used to kill Duncan
c. try not to dwell on it
d. kill the witnesses d. pray for his salvation

17. As soon as the murder becomes known, Malcolm and Donalbain flee Scotland because they
a. have lost their inheritance
b. are guilty of the murder
c. believe the country will probably become unstable
d. fear for their lives

18. The natural disturbances that continue all night—including the screaming and murderous owl, chimneys being blown down, and Duncan’s horses turning wild— symbolize
a. the inevitable chaos of a terrible storm
b. a coming war with a neighboring country
c. the evil of Macbeth’s deeds
d. the imminent flight of the king’s sons

19. When Macbeth is alone, he imagines he sees
a. a dagger
b. Duncan’s ghost
c. a crown
d. an accusing hand

20. What does Lady Macbeth tell her husband in Scene 2?
a. She plans to leave him.
b. She feels guilty about the deed.
c. He should not dwell on the murders.
d. She is exhausted but cannot sleep.

21. This person is afraid of “daggers in men’s smiles” and of being killed.
a. Lady MacBeth
b. Donalbain
c. Banquo
d. MacBeth

22. This person is terrified by “strange screams of death” and other disturbances heard in the night.
a. Lady MacBeth
b. Donalbain
c. Hecate
d. MacBeth
23. ACT III pages 16-22
When Macbeth hears that Fleance has escaped the murderers, he reacts with
a. relief
b. happiness
c. anxiety
d. indifference

24. When Macbeth begins talking to Banquo’s ghost, Lady Macbeth reacts by
a. telling the others Macbeth has an illness
b. talking loudly so that Macbeth cannot be heard
c. confessing their crimes to the guests
d. pretending she sees the same apparition

25. Which of the following phrases is the most vivid example of figurative language in Act III?
a. “As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine..
b. “0, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!”
c. “There’s comfort yet; they are assailable.”
d. “Blood hath been shed ere now. .

26. What does Banquo reveal as Scene 1 of Act III opens?
a. He is planning to kill Macbeth.
b. He suspects that Macbeth killed Duncan.
c. He hopes to keep peace with Macbeth.
d. He wishes to leave Scotland.

27. Why does Macbeth want Banquo dead?
a. Banquo is a friend of Donalbain.
b. Lady Macbeth wants Banquo and Fleance killed.
c. The witches promised that Banquo would father kings.
d. Banquo opposes Macbeth at every turn.

28. In the extended banquet scene, Macbeth chastises Banquo for being absent. What makes that speech ironic?
a. Banquo is present in the form of a ghost.
b. The assembled lords are aware of Banquo’s murder.
c. Macbeth is unaware of Banquo’s death.
d. Banquo had no intention of attending the banquet.

29. At the banquet, Macbeth’s tortured conscience causes him to
a. drink excessively
b. challenge Banquo’s ghost
c. confess the murder of Fleance
d. stagger out of the banquet hall

30. During the banquet, Lady Macbeth
a. tries to explain away her husband’s odd behavior
b. sees the ghost also but tries to ignore it
c. questions Macbeth’s sanity
d. confesses her own guilt

31. This (These) person(s) is (are) the first to suspect that MacBeth killed Duncan.
a. Banquo
b. the nobles
c. Lennox and another Lord
d. Hecate

32. ACT IV pages 23-30
When Macbeth hears that no one born of a woman will harm him, he decides to
a. leave Macduff alone
b. kill all the wives of his peers
c. kill Macduff anyway
d. kill everyone in line for the throne, but spare their families

33. Lady Macduff misses her last chance for escape, which comes when
a. an anonymous messenger warns her to flee
b. her son suggests a plot for their escape
c. Ross defends her husband’s good character
d. the murderers make too much noise at the door

34. When Ross joins Malcolm and Macduff in Scene 3, he says to Macduff, “Let not your ears despise my tongue forever, I Which shall possess them with the heaviest sound / That ever yet they heard.” He means
a. do not listen too closely to what I am saying
b. I am about to warn you of impending disaster
c. please do not hate me because I bring bad news
d. do not worry about my next statement

35. When Macduff receives the news of his family, Malcolm urges him to
a. rouse his anger
b. stay away from Scotland
c. grieve peacefully
d. try not to think about it

36. Who actually murders Lady Macduff and her children?
a. Lady Macbeth
b. Macbeth’s hired assassins
c. Lennox’s servants
d. Ross’s servants

37. In Scene 3, Malcolm and Macduff meet in England and discuss
a. their future
b. the valor of the English troops
c. Macbeth’s treachery
d. childhood memories
38. When Macduff learns the news of his wife’s death, he becomes
a. insane
b. determined to unseat Macbeth
c. strangely calm
d. fearful for his own life

39. ACT V pages 30-44
The gentlewoman in Scene 1 refuses to repeat Lady Macbeth’s sleep-talk to the doctor because
a. the words are mumbled and impossible to understand
b. Lady Macbeth forbade her to reveal the murders to anyone
c. there is no witness to confirm the truth of the gentlewoman’s words
d. she thinks that only the doctor will believe her

40. The “damned spot” to which Lady Macbeth refers is
a. Macbeth’s predicament
b. Birnam Wood
c. a beleaguered castle
d. Duncan’s bloodstain

41. Macbeth tries to reassure himself that Malcolm and Macduff are not a threat to him because they
a. are far away in England
b. do not have the military power that he has
c. have fled because of fear
d. are both “of woman born”

42. Macbeth’s reaction to his wife’s death shows that he
a. thinks life is a meaningless path to death
b. is anguished because he cares about her deeply
c. expects to win the battle without her support
d. understands why she incited him to murder and then went mad

43. Macduff declares that he must kill Macbeth because
a. the witches predicted that he would
b. no one else can conquer Macbeth
c. he must avenge his family members’ murders
d. Macbeth otherwise will win the battle

44. The play ends with the thanes acknowledging who as Scotland’s new and lawful king?
a. Macduff
b. Donalbain
c. Ross
d. Malcolm

45. The final act of Macbeth reveals that Lady Macbeth has become
a. fearful of her husband
b. haunted by guilt
c. jealous of her husband
d. comfortable with her situation

46. Unlike her husband, Lady Macbeth’s behavior becomes
a. hysterical
b. cruel
c. defiant
d. resolute

47. Until the very end, Macbeth believes that
a. the witches’ prediction will save his life
b. his suffering people will support him
c. he will somehow flee from all enemies
d. his heirs will rule Scotland

48. As he prepares for his final battle, Macbeth expresses his disappointment that old age will not bring him
a. children and heirs
b. love, honor, and friendship
c. power and glory
d. peace

49. All of the following images occur repeatedly in the play except
a. eggs
b. woods
c. daggers
d. children

50. Which of the following quotations from the play contains figurative language?
a. “Look, how she rubs her hands.”
b. “Of all men else I have avoided thee.”
c. “Life’s but a walking shadow.”
d. “Of this dead butcher and his fiendlike queen