Macbeth: Pre-reading Comprehension Quiz.

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Macbeth: Pre-reading Comprehension Quiz.

Using your notes from listening to the Folger Library podcast and watching the Shakespeare Brief and Naughty video, answer the following questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    William Shakespeare is known as 
    • A. 

      Willy Shockpeare

    • B. 

      The greatest English writer ever

    • C. 

      The worlds hardest working English playwright

    • D. 

      The Elizabethan Quintin Tarantino

  • 2. 
    Shakespeare was born in 
    • A. 

      1582 during the Jacobean Era

    • B. 

      1591 during the Stratfordian Era

    • C. 

      1564 during the Elizabethan Era

    • D. 

      1591 during the reign of King James I

  • 3. 
    Shakespeare married a much older woman, Ann Hathaway, because she was
    • A. 

      A glove maker and he loved gloves

    • B. 

      Wealthy

    • C. 

      A fan of his writing

    • D. 

      Pregnant

  • 4. 
    Shakespeare wrote: 
    • A. 

      137 sonnets and 54 plays

    • B. 

      154 plays and 37 sonnets

    • C. 

      37 plays and 154 sonnets

    • D. 

      54 sonnet and 137 plays

  • 5. 
    Queen Elizabeth loved Shakespeare's plays but she frequently shut down the theatres because 
    • A. 

      The Globe Theatre was also used for bear baiting and executions

    • B. 

      There were too many prostitutes from near by brothels attending plays

    • C. 

      The water was filled with sewage

    • D. 

      Infectious disease was easily transmitted via crowds in public places

  • 6. 
    Shakepeare's Plays can be grouped into 3 main categories.  Select from the list below
    • A. 

      Thrillers

    • B. 

      Comedies

    • C. 

      Romances

    • D. 

      Histories

    • E. 

      Tragedies

    • F. 

      Fantasies

    • G. 

      Dramas

  • 7. 
    Shakespeare's plays: Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, King Lear, Julius Caesar and Macbeth are some of his best known:
    • A. 

      Dramas

    • B. 

      Thrillers

    • C. 

      Tragedies

    • D. 

      Comedies

    • E. 

      Fantasies

    • F. 

      Histories

    • G. 

      Romances

  • 8. 
    Macbeth is about: 
    • A. 

      A man who kills a king to become a king

    • B. 

      The core human issues, ambition, love, desire, war,

    • C. 

      The power of witchcraft

    • D. 

      The evil that lurks in the heart of a soldier

  • 9. 
    The Macbeths can be characterised as:
    • A. 

      Ambitious upward climbers who seek power and safety

    • B. 

      Evil murderers

    • C. 

      Innocent people who fall under the power of witchcraft

    • D. 

      A loving couple who want the best for each other

  • 10. 
    Shakespeare shows Lady Macbeth's tortured mind through
    • A. 

      The use of a narrator

    • B. 

      The use of sound effects

    • C. 

      Her confused and chaotic speech

    • D. 

      Stage directions

  • 11. 
    The repetition of "Fair is foul and foul is fair" contributes to the theme of 
    • A. 

      Alliteration

    • B. 

      Blind ambition

    • C. 

      Everything is not as it appears

    • D. 

      Power corrupts

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