Macbeth Act 2 Quiz

The opening lines with the Porter offer comic relief. Define this literary term and explain its importance in this scene. Comic relief is used when characters use an amusing scene to introduce and more serious scene.
Who comes to the castle early the next morning? Lennox and Macduff
Who discovers Duncan’s body? Macduff
Macduff says, “Oh, gentle lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition in a woman’s ear, Would murder as it fell.” What is ironic about this? Lady Macbeth knew about the murder. He says it would kill her to hear the news about this which is ironic because she planned his death.
What horrifying vision appears to Macbeth? Macbeth sees a bloody dagger pointing towards Duncan’s room. He then undergoes a soliloquy about what he was about to do with the dagger, which was to pull it out on the king.
Why didn’t Lady Macbeth kill Duncan herself? Who did? She did not kill Duncan because he looked too much like her father at a peaceful state. Macbeth killed him instead.
Right after the murder, how do Lady Macbeth and Macbeth act? Macbeth is frozen and is in a traumatic state. Lady Macbeth is anxious at first, but afterwards she tells Macbeth that he needs to act more like a man.
After Macbeth kills Duncan, he goes to Lady Macbeth and is concerned about not being able to say “Amen.” What is her advice to him? she tells him that he is being weak and that him thinking about it will just make things worse. This is because he cannot act guilty when the body is found.
Why won’t Macbeth take the daggers back to the scene of the crime? He is so shaken up, so Lady Macbeth tells him to put the dagger back because they will look guilty.
Discuss the imagery in this scene. (scene 2) There is major imagery about blood. There was a murder.
How do Lady Macbeth and Macbeth try to avoid suspicion? Macbeth avoids suspicion by walking halfway with Macduff to “wake up” the king even though he is dead. He then kills the guards, which are supposed to be the killers of the king. Lady Macbeth avoids suspicion by coming downstairs to ask what all the fuss is about. After the death is announced, she acts as though she is faint and then she is escorted into the bedroom.
What excuse or explanation does Macbeth give for killing the guards (grooms)? What is his real reason? His excuse was that it was an act of anger after discovering the death of Duncan. the real reason was that the guards were very confused because they knew that they did not kill the king. Macbeth was using them as a cover; he could not let the guards live.
Who are Malcolm and Donalbain? Where do they go? Donalbain is the younger son of the king and brother to malcom. malcom is headed to England while Donalbain is headed to Ireland. the separated to avoid death after the tragic death of their father.
Who will be king now? (Who was supposed to be King after Duncan?) Malcom was supposed to king, but he ran away to England.
Who is Banquo’s son? Fleance

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