Macbeth Act 5

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What is the final question Macbeth asks the witches, which they refuse to answer?

Whether he will remain King until old age

Whether Banquo’s sons will be King

Whether Macduff will become King

Whether he should kill Lady Macbeth

What does Lady Macbeth do when she sleepwalks?

Stabs her son

Writes a letter to her husband

Washes her hands of imagined blood

Eats a feast

How does the prophecy about Great Birnam Wood come true?

The wood is moved by supernatural means to the castle door

The soldiers sneak through a nearby wood instead

The soldiers hold trees in front of them as they march

The soldiers build fake trees to distract Macbeth

Macbeth compares life to all of the following EXCEPT:

A walking shadow

A candle flame

A poor player

A river

What does Macduff say will happen to him if he doesn’t kill Macbeth?

He will be imprisoned

The ghosts of his family will haunt him

The ghost of King Duncan will haunt him

He will kill himself

Who reveals himself to have been born by being ripped from his mother’s womb?

Old Siward

Young Siward



After Macduff’s revelation about his birth, which passage shows Macbeth’s commitment to carrying out the final battle?

Ring the alarum-bell! Blow, wind! come, wrack!

The mind I sway by and the heart I bear / Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.

Hang those that talk of fear. Give me mine armour.

I will not yield / To kiss the ground below young Malcolm’s feet / And to be baited with the rabble’s curse

Which passage underscores Macbeth’s belief in his invincibility?

Why should I play the Roman fool, and die / On mine own sword?

If thou speak’st false / Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive

As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air / With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed

Go prick thy face, and over-red thy fear / Thou lily-liver’d boy.

Which passage shows Macbeth’s belief in his interpretation of the witches prophecy?

Thou wast born of woman / But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn / Brandished by man that’s of woman born.

And damn’d be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!’

Such a one / Am I to fear, or none.

I will not be afraid of death and bane / Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane.

Make all the trumpets speak; give them all breath
Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.

This is an example of what literary device?





Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
that struts and frets his hour upon the stage.

These two lines have three of the four literary devices within them? Which one does not appear?


Internal Rhyme



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