This file contains two versions of a 10-question, multiple-choice close reading assessment. It also includes an answer key.
The reading passage is 25 lines in length and comes from the soliloquy in Act III, Scene 1 of Macbeth. However, I don’t usually use this assessment while teaching Macbeth because I want to see whether or not my students can successfully complete a cold reading of a Shakespearean passage; if they had already read and discussed this passage from Macbeth, it’s likely that the context would make at least some of the questions too easy. Instead, I tend to use this assessment after my students have read either Othello or Hamlet in order to evaluate how well they can read and decipher Shakespeare on their own.
The 10 questions are AP-style and focus on: vocabulary in context, literary devices, and nuanced meaning.