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Conclude a unit on Shakespeare’s Macbeth with this Word Document test (a PDF version is also provided). An answer key is included. This fifty-question assessment is divided into four sections and breaks down as follows.
Part 1. Knowledge of Plot. Students will demonstrate comprehension of the following:
- The opening scene
- Macbeth’s new title
- Macbeth’s companion when first encountering the witches
- Lady Macbeth’s concerns about her husband
- A murderous plot
- Macbeth’s hallucinations
- Why Duncan’s sons are suspected of murdering their father
- Macbeth’s plan to betray a friend
- Lady Macbeth’s ironic reaction to having power
- Macbeth’s declining psychological state
- The reason for Hecate’s agitation
- Malcolm’s plan to test Macduff’s loyalty
- The death of Macduff’s family
- The effect of Macbeth’s absence on his wife
- Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking
- How Macbeth perceives his generals
- The death of Lady Macbeth
- Macduff’s victory of Macbeth
- The promise of a brighter future
Part 2. Quotations in Context. Students will match an excerpt with its appropriate context.
- Act 1, scene 2: For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name— / Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel, / Which smoked with bloody execution, / Like valour’s minion carved out his passage / Till he faced the slave…
- Act 1, scene 4: …nothing in his life / Became him like the leaving it…
- Act 1, scene 4: I have begun to plant thee, and will labour / To make thee full of growing.
- Act 2, scene 2: My hands are of your color, but I shame / To wear a heart so white.
- Act 3, scene 2: What’s done is done.
- Act 3, scene 3: Thou mayst revenge!
- Act 3, scene 5: And, which is worse, all you have done / Hath been but for a wayward son, / Spiteful and wrathful, who, as others do, / Loves for his own ends, not for you.
- Act 4, scene 1: Though you untie the winds and let them fight / Against the churches, though the yeasty waves / Confound and swallow navigation up, / Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown down, / Though castles topple on their warders’ heads, / Though palaces and pyramids do slope / Their heads to their foundations, though the treasure / Of nature’s germens tumble all together, / Even till destruction sicken, answer me / To what I ask you.
- Act 5, scene 5: …Our castle’s strength / Will laugh a siege to scorn.
Part 3. True/False and Either Or. Students will identify whether a statement is true or false, or they will identify the correct option between two choices. Questions focus on:
- Macbeth’s early internal conflict
- The names of Duncan’s sons
- The nature of Duncan’s praise of Macbeth
- Macbeth’s “dearest partner in greatness”
- Lady Macbeth’s manipulation of her husband
- The bloodied murder weapons
- Macduff’s prediction for Macbeth’s kingdom
- Banquo’s dynamic character
- How Macbeth is affected by the murders over time
- The reason for Macduff’s desire for revenge
Part 4. Application of Literary Devices. Students will be given a detail or excerpt from the drama and must determine which literary device is best reflected. Literary devices addressed include: