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_____ 1. "Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible / To feeling as to sight?" is a reference to the

A. ghost of Banquo
B. dagger
C. bubbling cauldron

_____ 2. Lady Macbeth confessed that she would have killed King Duncan herself except for the fact that

A. she couldn't gain easy access to his bedchamber
B. he looked like her father
C. one of Duncan's guards spied her on the to stairway

_____ 3. Shakespeare introduced the Porter in order to

A. allow Macduff to gain admission to the castle
B. remind the audience of the Witches' prophecies
C. provide comic relief

_____ 4. Malcolm and Donalbain flee after the murder

A. because they fear the daggers in men's smiles
B. in order to join Macduff in England
C. lest they be blamed for it

_____ 5. Macbeth arranges for Banquo's death by telling the hired killers that

A. Banquo had thwarted their careers
B. if they fail, they will pay with their own lives
C. he will eradicate all records of their previous crimes

_____ 6. Macbeth startles his dinner guests by

A. conversing with the Ghost of Banquo
B. attempting to wash the blood from his hands
C. saying to Lady Macbeth that, "Murder will out."

_____ 7. The Witches threw into the cauldron

I. eye of bat and tongue of frog II. wool of bat and tongue of dog III. fang of snake and eagle's glare

A. I and II
B. I and III
C. II and III

_____ 8. The three apparitions which appeared to Macbeth were

I. an armed head II. a child with a crown III. a bloody child

A. I and II
B. II and III
C. I, II, and III

_____ 9. In Act IV, Malcolm is at first lukewarm toward Macduff because he

A. wasn't prepared to overthrow Macbeth B. suspects a trick C. wasn't worthy of becoming king, in his opinion

_____ 10. Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane when

A. the witches rendezvous with Macbeth
B. the camouflaged soldiers make their advance
C. Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to stand and fight

11. What is the significance of the line "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" (I, i, 10)?

12. How does Macbeth function as a morality play?

13. How does Shakespeare use the technique of dramatic irony in Macbeth?

14. How does Lady Macbeth overcome her husband's resistance to the idea of killing King Duncan?

15. Contrast Macduff's response to the news of his wife's and children's deaths with Macbeth's response to being told Lady Macbeth is dead.

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