The Witches in Macbeth: Quotes, Analysis & Prophecy


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What makes the witches difficult to gender?

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1. Who kills Banquo?

2. Are the witches innocent bystanders in the decisions Macbeth ultimately makes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The opening of Macbeth is quite different from other Shakespeare's plays, in that it opens on the play's protagonist meeting and subsequently being given prophecies by witches. This quiz asks you to recall multiple factors about the plot and impact of the witches.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is meant to test your knowledge of the witches in Macbeth by seeing how well you recall:

  • Banquo's killer
  • Challenges in determining the witches' gender
  • Witches' effect on Macbeth's decisions

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from the most important information from the lesson on the witches in Macbeth
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you have gained about the witches' prophecy for Banquo
  • Knowledge application - use this knowledge to successfully answer questions about the audience response to the witches in Shakespeare's era

Additional Learning

To learn more about these characters, review the accompanying lesson on The Witches in Macbeth: Quotes, Analysis & Prophecy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Read and interpret passages from the play
  • Understand how the play deals with the question of fate
  • Recognize the popular view of witches in the early 1600s