Birnam Wood Quote: Meaning in Macbeth & Overview


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What is a tragic flaw?

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1. What is Birnam wood?

2. Which of the following statements is TRUE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and corresponding quiz will help you gauge your understanding of the Birnam wood quote from Macbeth and the role of the quote in the play. The quiz will include questions on topics like the definition of a tragic flaw and dramatic irony.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assess your knowledge of the following topics using this quiz and worksheet:

  • The definition of tragic flaw
  • What Birnam wood is
  • How the Birnam wood prophecy came true
  • When dramatic irony occurs
  • The role of Birnam wood

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills while completing the worksheet and quiz:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you understand the actual and dramatic significance of Birnam wood
  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information about how the Birnam wood prophecy foreshadows events that occur later in the play
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the role of Birnam wood in Shakespeare's Macbeth

Additional Learning

To learn more about the role of the Birnam wood quote in Macbeth, check out the lesson on the subject. This lesson reviews these topics:

  • Define terms such as tragic hero, tragic flaw, foreshadowing, dramatic irony and hubris
  • Understand how Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane
  • Explore the events in the play that led up to Macbeth hearing the prophecy
  • Recognize why Macbeth failed to fear the prophecy