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English Honors IV Macbeth Quiz, Act 3 (25 points total)

Part 1: Vocabulary
Match the following words with their definitions on the right. Place the letter of the definition in the space next to the word it goes with.
(10 possible points)
1. _______ dauntless
2. _______ parricide
3. _______ beldams
4. _______ initiate
5. _______ indissoluble
6. _______ speculation
7. _______ nonpareil
8. _______ posterity
9. _______ admired
10. _______charnel houses

a. unable to be destroyed; permanent and lasting

b. sight
c. future generations; children
d. fearless
e. to regard with wonder or surprise
f. fortune teller
g. the act of murdering ones own mother or father
h. an old woman, especially a witch; a hag
i. a burial vault
j. without equal
k. new; just begun
l. a guess without evidence
m. buttocks

Part 2: Understanding Shakespeares Language

The following quotes contain figurative or equivocal language. If you think the passage includes figurative language, mark A in the
space to the right of the question number. If you think it includes equivocal language, mark B in the space to the right of the question
number. (5 possible points)

11. ______

Macbeth: Come, seeling night,

Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day (3.2.46-47)

12. ______

Macbeth: There the grown serpent lies; the worm thats fled
Hath nature that in time will venom breed,
No teeth for the present

13. ______

Banquo: It will be rain tonight.

First Murderer: Let it come down. (3.3.16-17)

14. ______

Lady Macbeth: This is the very painting of your fear. (3.4.61)

15. ______

Macbeth: The time has been

That, when the brains were out, the man would die.
And there an end; but now they rise again,
With twenty mortal murders on their crowns,
And push us from our stools.

Part 3: Language Comprehension

Read each passage from Macbeth carefully, then respond to the questions that follow by choosing the best answer from
the options. Circle the letter of the best answer. (5 possible points)

Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown

And put a barren scepter in my grip,
Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding.

16. What is Macbeth referring to in this passage?

a. He is complaining that the witches cursed him and he cannot control his subjects.
b. He is afraid that someone is going to kill him like he killed Duncan.
c. He is upset about the fact that none of his posterity will be kings.
d. He is mad because he doesnt have any fruit to eat.

He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear

His hopes bove wisdom, grace, and fear:
And you all know security
Is mortals greatest enemy.

17. When Hecate says that Macbeth will bear his hopes bove wisdom, grace, and fear, what is she saying he will
a. Macbeth is going to succeed and put his sons on the throne.
b. Macbeth is going to do something foolish and prideful, and lose everything.
c. Macbeth is going to anger the gods.
d. Macbeth is going to ask for help from the King of England.

Thou has it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,

As the weird women promised, and I fear
Thou playdst most foully fort.

18. What does Banquo mean when he says Macbeth has playdst most foully for his crown?
a. Macbeth has done something evil to gain the throne.
b. Macbeth has sacrificed chickens to Satan to gain his power.
c. Macbeth cheated in a golf game so he could be king.
d. Macbeth is going to pay for his wrongdoing in the end.

We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed

In England and Ireland, not confessing
Their cruel parricide, filling their hearers
With strange invention.

19. Who is Macbeth referring to in this passage, and what does he say theyre doing in England and Ireland?
a. The Weird Sisters, who are putting spells on people.
b. Lennox and Menteith, who are telling the King of England stories about Macbeth.
c. Macduff and Siward, who have invented a new weapon and are telling everyone about it.
d. Malcolm and Donalbain, who are lying to the English and Irish about how Duncan died.

Part 4: Synthesizing the Plot

Below are four questions related to Act 3 of Macbeth. Choose one, and in the space below, answer the question as
thoroughly as you can and use evidence from Act 3 to support your argument. You do not have to use scene numbers or
quote exactly; just paraphrase (use your own words to explain what happens).
1. Who in Macbeths kingdom knows that Macbeth has killed Duncan? How do we know they know? Hint: Lady
Macbeth knows of course, but we are only talking about people in Act 3 of the play.
2. How would you describe the dynamic (the tone of the relationship) between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth from what
weve read so far? Is Lady Macbeth nice and respectful to her husband or not?
3. Discuss Macbeths state of mind at this point in the play, then discuss how others view of him has also changed.
4. If you had to pick between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to be your hitman or hitwoman, who would you choose?