Macbeth Act II

Why couldn’t Lady Macbeth kill the king? He looked like her father
What did Lady Macbeth receive from King Duncan? A diamond given to Macbeth from Banquo
Where did they take King Duncan after his death? To Colmkill
The porter says that alcohol is a “provoker of three things;” what are the three things? 1. a red nose 2. sleep 3. urine
Why do Malcolm and Donalbain leave Scotland? For safety reasons
When do we see Macbeth first lie in this Act? When he tells Banquo that, “I think not of them.” (referring to the witches). This is after Banquo relates that he has thought a lot about what the witches said to them.
What does the line, “Wake Duncan with your knocking, I wish you could,” refer to? This is after he has murdered the King and hears a knocking at the south door of Inverness. He is regretting that the murder happened.
After the King’s sons are told about their father’s murder, where do they go? Malcolm goes to England and Donalbain goes to Ireland.
On the night of the murder, who does Lady Macbeth tell Macbeth was sleeping in the room next to the king? Donalbain (and Malcolm)
Who discovers the king’s dead body? Macduff
Why is Macduff at Inverness? He says that the king asked him to come to wake him.
Who actually plants the daggers on the chamberlain’s bodies? Lady Macbeth
What was Macbeth’s soliloquy about? The hallucination that he sees (dagger) and that he probably does not “see” it.
What does Macbeth do to the chamberlains? He kills them in fury (anger).
Who lets Macduff into the castle door? the porter
How does Macbeth know that Lady Macbeth has performed her part of the plan? (getting the chamberlains drunk) She signals with a sound of a bell
What does Macbeth forget to do after he murders the king? He forgets to plant the daggers (murder weapons) on the guards and smear the blood on their clothing to make it look like they were responsible for the murder.
Why did Shakespeare include the porter in Act II? To provide comic relief from such a grisly scene where the king is slaughtered.
Why is Macbeth not willing to return to the king’s chambers to take the daggers? He says that he cannot look upon the scene again.
What does Mabeth “see” in his hallucination? a dagger supposedly leading him into King Duncan’s bed chamber
Who is suspected for the king’s murder? The chamberlains are suspected but the king’s sons are also suspected and possibly thought to have bribed the guards to kill their father.
Why are Malcolm and Donalbain suspected of their own father’s murder? Because they fled Inverness without telling anyone
What does Lady Macbeth say that allows us to “see” her cold and ruthless heart? She tells Macbeth that “a little water clears us of this deed.” (telling her husband to wash the blood off of his hands)
At the end of Act II, where did Macbeth go? To Scone to be crowned King of Scotland
Why does Lady Macbeth faint in Act II? She finds out that her husband has just slaughtered the king’s guards.
Who did the porter say he was? The keeper of Hell’s gate
What did Macbeth tell his wife he heard prior to killing the king? Malcolm and Danalbain cry “murder” and then saying their prayers
Macduff says, “Approach the chamber and destroy your sight.” What is he talking about? He is referring to the murder scene where King Duncan is lying dead.
What word could Macbeth not say after he killed King Duncan? Amen

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