Macbeth: Act 3, Scenes 1-3 Quiz

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Macbeth: Act 3, Scenes 1-3 Quiz - Quiz

Answer the following questions over yesterday's reading. Questions 1-5 are over scene 1, questions 6-10 are over scene 2, and questions 11-15 are over scene 3.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What had Banquo planned to do with his son during the day?

    • A.

      Pack and go home

    • B.

      Go hunting

    • C.

      Ride horses

    • D.

      Practice archery

    Correct Answer
    C. Ride horses
    Explanation
    Banquo had planned to ride horses with his son during the day.

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  • 2. 

    Banquo wants the witches' prophecy for his sons to come to pass (happen).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Banquo wants the witches' prophecy for his sons to come true. This means that he desires the prophecy to actually happen in reality. Banquo hopes that his sons will inherit the throne, as predicted by the witches.

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  • 3. 

    Why does Macbeth hire men to kill Banquo and Fleance?

    • A.

      Because they know he murdered Duncan.

    • B.

      So the witches' prophecy cannot be fulfilled.

    • C.

      Because they threatened to start an uprising among the people.

    • D.

      Because they are plotting to kill him.

    Correct Answer
    B. So the witches' prophecy cannot be fulfilled.
    Explanation
    Macbeth hires men to kill Banquo and Fleance because he wants to prevent the witches' prophecy from coming true. The witches had predicted that Banquo's descendants would become kings, which threatens Macbeth's position as king. By eliminating Banquo and his son Fleance, Macbeth hopes to ensure that the prophecy does not come to pass and that his own reign remains secure.

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  • 4. 

    Macbeth asks Banquo to join him that evening for:

    • A.

      A meeting where they will decide how to find Malcolm

    • B.

      A banquet

    • C.

      A military strategy session

    • D.

      A service for Duncan

    Correct Answer
    B. A banquet
    Explanation
    Macbeth asks Banquo to join him that evening for a banquet. This suggests that Macbeth wants to celebrate or reward his loyal supporters, including Banquo. It also implies that Macbeth is trying to maintain a facade of normalcy and hospitality, despite the guilt and paranoia that he feels after murdering Duncan. The banquet serves as a cover for Macbeth's true intentions and inner turmoil.

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  • 5. 

    What does Banquo feel he owes to Macbeth, even though he doesn't trust him?

    • A.

      Loyalty

    • B.

      Patience

    • C.

      Protection

    • D.

      The benefit of the doubt

    Correct Answer
    A. Loyalty
    Explanation
    Banquo feels he owes loyalty to Macbeth, even though he doesn't trust him. Despite his reservations about Macbeth's actions and intentions, Banquo still feels a sense of duty and allegiance towards him. This loyalty could stem from their shared experiences and past camaraderie, or it could be a result of Banquo's own moral code and principles. Regardless of the reason, Banquo believes that he has a certain obligation to remain loyal to Macbeth, despite his doubts and suspicions.

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  • 6. 

    Lady Macbeth tells her husband, "What's done _______________."

    • A.

      Is nothing to regret.

    • B.

      Can be overcome.

    • C.

      Has been predestined.

    • D.

      Cannot be undone.

    Correct Answer
    D. Cannot be undone.
    Explanation
    Lady Macbeth tells her husband, "What's done cannot be undone." This means that she is acknowledging that the actions they have taken, specifically the murder of King Duncan, cannot be reversed or undone. Lady Macbeth is indicating that they must accept the consequences of their actions and move forward without regret or the hope of changing the past. This statement reflects Lady Macbeth's resolve and determination to continue down the path they have chosen, regardless of the irreversible nature of their deeds.

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  • 7. 

    Macbeth tells his wife not to worry

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth does indeed tell his wife not to worry. This happens in Act 3, Scene 2, after Macbeth has become king and is planning to have Banquo and his son Fleance murdered. Lady Macbeth expresses her concerns about the consequences of their actions, and Macbeth reassures her by saying, "We will speak further... We are yet but young in deed." This shows that Macbeth is trying to calm his wife's worries and maintain their unity in their pursuit of power.

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  • 8. 

    At this point (scene 2), Lady Macbeth is pleased with the murder.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In scene 2, Lady Macbeth is not pleased with the murder. After the murder of King Duncan, Lady Macbeth becomes consumed by guilt and remorse. She starts to hallucinate, seeing blood on her hands that she cannot wash off. This shows that she is deeply disturbed by their actions and regrets her involvement in the murder. Therefore, the statement that Lady Macbeth is pleased with the murder is false.

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  • 9. 

    What does Macbeth withhold from his wife?

    • A.

      His feeling that he may be going insane.

    • B.

      His regret about Banquo.

    • C.

      His plan to murder Banquo and Fleance.

    • D.

      His reluctance to be king.

    Correct Answer
    C. His plan to murder Banquo and Fleance.
    Explanation
    Macbeth withholds his plan to murder Banquo and Fleance from his wife. This suggests that he is keeping this information to himself, possibly to protect her from the dark and violent path he has chosen. It also highlights Macbeth's increasing isolation and descent into madness as he becomes more consumed by his ambition and desire for power.

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  • 10. 

    What advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth?

    • A.

      To rule with an iron fist so that no one challenges his authority

    • B.

      To not think about what has happened

    • C.

      To kill Banquo and Fleance

    • D.

      To make plans for them to flee should they be discovered

    Correct Answer
    B. To not think about what has happened
    Explanation
    The advice that Lady Macbeth gives Macbeth is to not think about what has happened. This suggests that Lady Macbeth is encouraging Macbeth to suppress any guilt or remorse he may feel for his actions, particularly the murder of King Duncan. By not dwelling on the past, Lady Macbeth believes that Macbeth can maintain his focus and determination to pursue his ambitions without being hindered by feelings of guilt. This advice aligns with Lady Macbeth's own character, as she is portrayed as ruthless and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve power.

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  • 11. 

    How many murderers are sent to kill Banquo and Fleance?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      1

    • D.

      3

    Correct Answer
    D. 3
    Explanation
    In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, three murderers are sent to kill Banquo and Fleance. This is a pivotal moment in the play, as Macbeth hires these murderers to eliminate Banquo and his son Fleance, in order to secure his throne and prevent any threats to his power. The fact that three murderers are sent indicates the extent of Macbeth's paranoia and his determination to eliminate any potential rivals.

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  • 12. 

    Who is killed in the attack against Banquo and his son?

    • A.

      Both Banquo and Fleance

    • B.

      Banquo and one of the murderers, who is killed by Fleance

    • C.

      Only Fleance

    • D.

      Only Banquo

    Correct Answer
    D. Only Banquo
    Explanation
    In the attack against Banquo and his son, only Banquo is killed. This is evident from the given options where it states that both Banquo and Fleance are not killed, and one of the murderers is killed by Fleance. Therefore, the correct answer is that only Banquo is killed in the attack.

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  • 13. 

    What does one of the murderers repeatedly call for?

    • A.

      Steady nerves

    • B.

      Light

    • C.

      Silence

    • D.

      A drink

    Correct Answer
    B. Light
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "light." The question is asking what one of the murderers repeatedly calls for. Out of the given options, "light" is the only choice that makes sense in the context of a murderer calling for it repeatedly. The other options, such as steady nerves, silence, and a drink, do not fit the description of something a murderer would repeatedly call for.

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  • 14. 

    Banquo and Fleance never see or hear their murderers.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Banquo and Fleance do see their murderers in the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare. In Act 3, Scene 3, Banquo is murdered by hired assassins, and although Fleance manages to escape, he witnesses his father's death. This event plays a crucial role in the plot as it further fuels Macbeth's paranoia and guilt. Therefore, the statement that Banquo and Fleance never see or hear their murderers is false.

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  • 15. 

    Where do the murderers make their attack? 

    • A.

      As Banquo and Fleance travel on a known route

    • B.

      As father and son slumber in the forest

    • C.

      At the riverbank

    • D.

      In the stables of Inverness

    Correct Answer
    A. As Banquo and Fleance travel on a known route
    Explanation
    The murderers make their attack as Banquo and Fleance travel on a known route.

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