Act 2 Macbeth Study Guide

What is Macbeth’s lie to Banquo about the witches’ predictions? He says he isn’t giving the witches a second thought.
What is the signal Lady Macbeth is to give Macbeth to let him know that she has taken care of the guards? She rings a bell
What excuse does Lady Macbeth give for not killing Duncan herself? He looks like her father.
After Macbeth kills Duncan, he goes to Lady Macbeth and is concerned about not being able to say “Amen.” what is he advice to him? Don’t think about it, its nothing. If you keep worrying, it will drive you crazy.
Then, Macbeth is worried about hearing a voice saying. “Macbeth does murder sleep.” What does Lady Macbeth tell him to do? She tells him to go to sleep and forget about it and in the morning act overwhelmed in sadness.
Why won’t Macbeth take the daggers back to the scene of the crime? He can not stand to look at the dead king.
Who was knocking? Macduff was knocking at the porter’s gate to come in. King Duncan had requested that he arrive early in the morning to pick him up so that they could be on their way.
What three things does drinking provoke? runny nose, sleepiness, and have to pee.
How does Lennox describe the night, and what is Macbeth’s response? The wind was blowing so hard that chimney’s were blown down. There were screams in the night. “Twas a rough night”
What does Macduff discover? He discovers King Duncan has been murdered.
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. She killed him
What excuse or explanation does Macbeth give for killing the guards? What is the real reason? He was in a fury. The real reason is he wanted to prevent them from talking.
Why do Malcolm and Donalbain leave? Because they where sons of the king and they realized they could be next.
Why does Ross not believe Malcolm and Donalbain were responsible for Duncan’s death? Because sons do no kill their father. And why would they, there is no reason.