MACBETH TEST Flashcard Example #26351

What is the Central theme of Act I of “The Tragedy of Macbeth”?
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” and other Elizabethan plays represented a radical shift in English drama because they were?
not about religious themes
Based upon the information in act I, what appears to be Macbeth’s character flaw?
a desire for power
During the Elizabethan period, theater companies began to?
use permanent performance spaces
What important role do the witches play in act I?
they foreshadow events
Based upon the information in act i, what can you infer about king Duncan?
He places a high value on bravery and loyalty
Which of the following best describes Macbeth’s feelings about the possible assassination of King Duncan in Act I?
tortured ambivalence
In Act I, why does Lady Macbeth think Macbeth has a poor chance of achieving power?
He is not ruthless enough
What do stage directions give the reader?
Information about what is taking place on the stage
Throughout Act I, Macbeth’s plans and actions seem to be motivated most of all by?
his wife’s encouragment
Elizabethan tragedies were modeled on plays from
Eastern Europe in the Middle ages
the annotations in “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Act I are helpful aid for
clarifying unfamiliar language
In what way is lady Macbeth stronger than her husband?
she stands firm when Macbeth begins to waver in his deadly purpose
which would be true if you were watching a play at the Globe theater back in Shakespeare’s day?
the illusions of time and space would come from the words of the play
What is the central idea of Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Act II
a murderer must live with his conscience
For which of the following reasons did Shakespeare probably choose to write “The Tragedy of Macbeth” in blank verse?
to create an effect of natural speech
In Act II scene ii Lady Macbeth’s purpose in drugging the servants is
so they will sleep through King Duncan’s murder
Which of the following characterizes the line from “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

“This nights great business into my dispatch” as blank verse?

it has 10 syllables with the stress falling on every second syllable
Which of the following symbols in Act II scene ii signals that the murder has been accomplished?
the owl’s scream and the crickets’ cries
In Act II Macbeth declares he will “Sleep no more” because he belives
his conscience will never let him rest
In Act II what does Macbeth really mean when he indicates that the blood on his hands will redden all the seas?
it is a comment on his profound guilt
In the old Mans dialogue in Act II scene iv which of the following symbolizes king Duncan?
a horse
In Act II when lady Macbeth says
“My hands are of your color but I shame/to wear a heart so white” she means that
her hands are red with Duncan’s blood, but unlike her husband she is not afaraid
Why do you suppose Shakespeare mad Banquo the last person Macbeth sees before he murders King Duncan in Act II?
Banquo who is loyal to the king represents Macbeth’s last chance to do what is right and call off his murderous plan
unrhymed iambic pentameter is also called
blank verse
to make sense of blank verse you must
read and analyze each full sentence no matter where the line breaks

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