Macbeth--symbols In The Play

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Some of the major symbols of the play are examed.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The witches chorus in Act I, Scene I:     "Fair is foul, and foul is fair."         This quote is
    • A. 

      A paradox(a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.)

    • B. 

      A complete contradictory statement that rarely makes sense

    • C. 

      Both a paradox and a prophecy

    • D. 

      A statement about the weather

  • 2. 
    When Macbeth says, "Methought I heard a voice cry, 'Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep'"  The voice which Macbeth hears is:
    • A. 

      Really the voices of the witches

    • B. 

      Really the voice of his conscience

    • C. 

      Really the admonishing voice of his wife

    • D. 

      Really the voice of the ghost of Duncan

  • 3. 
    A dagger floating through the air, Banquo's ghost sitting in a chair at a feast, Lady Macbeth's bloody hands, are all symbols of
    • A. 

      Supernatural signs of the Macbeths' guilt

    • B. 

      Representations of the play's violence

    • C. 

      Visions and hallucinations

    • D. 

      The conflict between reason and passion

  • 4. 
    Much of the play centers on the struggle between light and darkness. The "light" in the first two acts is:
    • A. 

      King Duncan

    • B. 

      Banquo

    • C. 

      Lady Macbeth

    • D. 

      Fleance

  • 5. 
    The dark and isolated fiendish actions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are interrupted by the porter's knock at the gate. This could represent:
    • A. 

      The Macbeths' better hurry and hide the deed

    • B. 

      That Macduff and Lennox know that something is wrong from the unnatural disturbances of the night

    • C. 

      A return to the real world and the guilt of the night's murder

    • D. 

      The porter's drunkenness and lack of awareness

  • 6. 
    Thunder and lightning represent_________________ in nature.
  • 7. 
    To help Macbeth not call off the murder, Lady Macbeth questions his _________________.
  • 8. 
    Macbeth can be seen as a play about the __________________ of order through evil.
  • 9. 
    Time is of cental importance in Macbeth.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    We have a continual vision of blood in Macbeth.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Banquo is the first person to say Macbeth's name in the play?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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