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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:

  • Allusion
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Personification
  • Oxymoron
  • Hyperbole
  • Sibilance