Macbeth, Act III

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  • 1. 

    When Macbeth first meets with the murderers, how many murderers are there?

    • A.

      Three

    • B.

      Two

    • C.

      Four

    • D.

      Five

    Correct Answer
    B. Two
    Explanation
    In the play Macbeth, when Macbeth first meets with the murderers, there are two murderers present. This is evident from the dialogue and stage directions in Act 3, Scene 1, where Macbeth instructs the two murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. The presence of only two murderers is crucial to the plot as they carry out Macbeth's orders and set in motion the events that lead to the downfall of Macbeth.

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  • 2. 

    When Macbeth says, "To be thus is nothing," to what does "thus" refer?

    • A.

      Being awake

    • B.

      Being the king

    • C.

      Being a murderer

    • D.

      Being the Thane of Glamis

    Correct Answer
    B. Being the king
    Explanation
    In this context, "thus" refers to being the king. Macbeth is expressing his dissatisfaction with his current position as Thane of Glamis and desires to become the king. He believes that being the king is the only thing that holds significance and importance, implying that everything else is insignificant or meaningless in comparison.

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  • 3. 

    Who says, "Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/ And put a barrenscepter in my gripe"?

    • A.

      Lady Macbeth

    • B.

      Duncan

    • C.

      Macbeth

    • D.

      Banquo

    Correct Answer
    C. Macbeth
    Explanation
    In this quote, the speaker is expressing their frustration and disappointment with the crown they have been given. They feel that it is a fruitless crown because it has not brought them any happiness or fulfillment. Additionally, they mention that a barren scepter has been placed in their grip, indicating that they feel powerless and ineffective in their role as king. This quote is spoken by Macbeth, the main character in Shakespeare's play "Macbeth," who becomes king but finds no satisfaction in his newfound power.

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  • 4. 

    To whom does Macbeth cry out, ". . .Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me"?

    • A.

      The Porter

    • B.

      The ghost of Banquo

    • C.

      Lady Macbeth

    • D.

      Macduff

    Correct Answer
    B. The ghost of Banquo
    Explanation
    After the murder of Banquo, his ghost appears to Macbeth during a banquet. Macbeth becomes terrified and cries out, ". . .Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me." This indicates that Macbeth is addressing the ghost of Banquo, who is haunting him and causing him to feel guilt and remorse for his actions. The mention of "gory locks" suggests that the ghost's appearance is gruesome and unsettling to Macbeth.

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  • 5. 

    To whom does Lady Macbeth say, "You lack the season of all natures, sleep"?

    • A.

      Duncan

    • B.

      Macbeth

    • C.

      Fleance

    • D.

      Lennox

    Correct Answer
    B. Macbeth
    Explanation
    Lady Macbeth says, "You lack the season of all natures, sleep" to Macbeth. This statement indicates that Macbeth is lacking the ability to sleep, suggesting that he is consumed by guilt and anxiety. Lady Macbeth is pointing out Macbeth's troubled state of mind, as he is unable to find peace and rest due to his actions and the consequences that come with them.

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  • 6. 

    Why might Macbeth have sent another murderer to join those he has already set up?

    • A.

      He thinks that the job will require more men

    • B.

      He is not sure whether the original murderers will show up

    • C.

      He wants to be sure that the original murderers carry out his orders

    • D.

      He has changed his plans and wishes the new murderer to tell the new plans to the original murderers

    Correct Answer
    C. He wants to be sure that the original murderers carry out his orders
    Explanation
    Macbeth might have sent another murderer to join those he has already set up because he wants to ensure that the original murderers carry out his orders. This suggests that Macbeth is becoming increasingly paranoid and does not fully trust the loyalty and commitment of the original murderers. By sending another murderer, he can ensure that his plans are executed without any potential betrayals or failures. This decision showcases Macbeth's desperation to secure his power and the lengths he is willing to go to maintain control.

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  • 7. 

    Who asks of Macbeth, " . . . Are you a man"?

    • A.

      Lady Macbeth

    • B.

      The Weird Sisters

    • C.

      Banquo

    • D.

      Macduff

    Correct Answer
    A. Lady Macbeth
    Explanation
    Lady Macbeth asks Macbeth, "Are you a man?" in Act 3, Scene 4 of Shakespeare's play Macbeth. This question is posed after Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo at a banquet and reacts in a frightened and disturbed manner. Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth's masculinity and courage, implying that a true man would not be afraid or disturbed by such supernatural occurrences. This question highlights Lady Macbeth's manipulation and desire for power, as she tries to push Macbeth to be more ruthless and ambitious in his pursuit of the throne.

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  • 8. 

    The goddess of witchcraft scolds the first witch for not having included her in the treachery against Macbeth; the name of this goddess is . . .

    • A.

      Sabrina

    • B.

      Venus

    • C.

      Hecate

    • D.

      Broomhilda

    Correct Answer
    C. Hecate
    Explanation
    In Greek mythology, Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft, magic, and crossroads. She is often associated with the moon and is believed to have the power to grant or withhold blessings. In the context of the question, Hecate scolds the first witch for not including her in the treachery against Macbeth, suggesting that she is upset about being left out of the plan. Therefore, Hecate is the correct answer as the goddess of witchcraft who is angry about being excluded.

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  • 9. 

    A Lord reports to Ross that an important thane, who is from Fife, has gone to England to ask for military help against Macbeth.  Who is that thane?

    • A.

      Maclom

    • B.

      Macduff

    • C.

      Lennox

    • D.

      Siward

    Correct Answer
    B. Macduff
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Macduff. In the given question, it is stated that an important thane from Fife has gone to England to seek military assistance against Macbeth. Macduff is the thane of Fife and he plays a significant role in the play as one of Macbeth's main adversaries. He ultimately becomes instrumental in Macbeth's downfall.

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  • 10. 

    At what event does tthe ghost of Banquo appear to Macbeth?

    • A.

      His coronation

    • B.

      Mass

    • C.

      His coronation banquet

    • D.

      The funeral of Banquo

    Correct Answer
    C. His coronation banquet
    Explanation
    During Macbeth's coronation banquet, the ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth. This event is significant because it symbolizes Macbeth's guilt and the consequences of his actions. The ghost's appearance serves as a haunting reminder of Macbeth's betrayal and the murder he committed to secure his throne. It also reflects Macbeth's deteriorating mental state and his inability to escape the guilt that plagues him. The ghost's presence at the banquet contributes to the growing tension and paranoia in the play, ultimately leading to Macbeth's downfall.

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