Macbeth Study Guide Questions (Act II)

What two requests does Macbeth make of Banquo and how does Banquo respond? Macbeth asks Banquo to grant him the time to talk about the witches predictions and to support him when the time comes. Banquo agrees to talk with Macbeth and to support him if he can do so with a clear and free conscience.
What does Macbeth see? An illusion of a dagger.
What does Macbeth see on the dagger and its handle? He sees drops of blood on both the dagger and the handle
What has Lady Macbeth done? Drugged the king’s servants.
What has Macbeth done? Murdered Duncan.
What does the imagined voice say to Macbeth? “Macbeth does murther sleep.”
What does Macbeth refuse to do? Why? He refuses to go back to the dead servants and smear them with blood. Lady Macbeth says that death is nothing to fear and that she will do the deed.
What is Macbeth afraid of? He will not be able to wash all the blood off his hands.
Why have Macduff and Lenox come? Duncan told Macduff and Lennox to wake him up at a certain hour.
What was the night like? The weather has been “unruly” “blowing down chimneys” “lamentings” and “strange screams” were heard in the air was “feverous and did shake.”
What does Macduff report? The king has been murdered.
What does Macbeth call Lady Macbeth? Why doesn’t he want to tell her what happened? Macduff calls her “gentle lady.” He doesn’t want to tell her what has happened because he fears it is too harsh for a woman’s ears.
Whom does Lennox blame for Duncan’s death? The king’s servants.
What does Macbeth say he regrets? He regrets his “fury” which prompted him to kill the servants.
What does Banquo suggest? They get dressed and then meet to investigate the situation further.
Where do Malcom and Donalbain go? Malcom goes to England and Donalbain to Ireland to avoid being murdered themselves.
What is unusual about the sky? The sky is as dark as night although it is day time.
What strange occurrences have taken place? A falcon has been killed by an owl and Duncan’s horses have eaten each other.
What does Macduff suspect? Macduff suspects that Malcom and Donalbain bribed the king’s servants to kill their father and then fled out of guilt.
Who is now king? Macbeth.
What is Macbeth’s lie to Banquo about the witches’ predictions? He says he doesn’t even think about them.
What is the signal Lady Macbeth is to give Macbeth to let him know that she has taken care of the guards (grooms)? She will ring a bell.
What excuse does Lady Macbeth give for not killing Duncan herself? He looked like her father sleeping there.
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 not to think about it so much or it will make him crazy.
Then, Macbeth is worries about hearing a voiced saying, “Macbeth does murder sleep.” What does Lady Macbeth then tell him to do? She tells him to go get some water and wash “this filthy witness” from his hands; in other words, get cleaned up and forget about it.
Why won’t Macbeth take the daggers back to the scene of thhe crime? He can’t bare to look at Duncan again.
Who was knocking? Macduff and Lennox.
What three things does drinking provoke? “nose painting, sleep, urine.”
How does Lennox describe the night, and what is Macbeth’s response? Lennox goes through a great description of a terrible night, saying it predicted terrible, confusing times ahead. Macbeth brushes it off by saying it was a “rough night.”
What did Macduff discover? Macduff discovered Duncan’s body.
Macduff says, “Oh, gentle lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition, in a women’s ear, Would murder as it fell.” What is ironic about this? Lady Macbeth was a determining force in the death of Duncan and she is no lady.
What excuse or explanation did Macbeth give for killing the guards (grooms)? What is his real reason? He did it out of pain and rage but he actually wanted to be rid of any possible witnesses to the murder.
Why did Malcolm and Donalbain leave? They fear that the king’s murderer will be after them too.
Why does Ross not believe Malcom and Donalbain were responsible for Duncan’s murder? Ross says it is against nature/both their personal natures, & nature as the ruling force in the universe.

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