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Macbeth Act II Discussion Questions Answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper. Please do not write on this test 1. Describe the unusual weather conditions on the night of Duncan’s murder (describe the night itself, no need to mention anything about animals). 2. Why did Banquo have trouble sleeping that night? 3. What is Banquo’s son’s name? 4. When Macbeth asked Banquo for his support, Banquo replied that he would do anything to help, as long as . 5. What was the signal for Macbeth to go kill Duncan? 6. Just before Macbeth kills Duncan, Macbeth imagines something very unusualdescribe Macbeth’s hallucination. 7. What did Macbeth forget to do after killing Duncan? 8. Macbeth heard voices What did the voices tell him? 9. Lady Macbeth claimed that she would have killed Duncan herself, except that 10. What was Lady Macbeth’s simple solution to rid Macbeth of his guilt? 11. What was Macbeth’s response to her

suggestion? (What did Macbeth say would happen if he did that)? 12. What did the Porter mean when he said, “Hell’s porter would be busy” Give at least one example that the porter gave when he said this. 13. According to the Porter, drinking causes four thingswhat? Label a, b, c, & d 14. Who discovered Duncan’s dead body? 15. The person who discovered the body compared it to looking at a “gorgon,” which is to say that 16. Answer the following questions regarding this quote: “Had I but died an hour before this chance, I had lived a blessed time; for from this instant There’s nothing serious in mortality; All is but toys; renown and grace is dead; The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of.” a) Who said it? b) When did this person say it? c) What does the quote mean? 17. What did Macbeth admit to doing, because he was so enraged? 18. Lady Macbeth over-reacted as well, which was evident when shedid what? 19. Why did Malcolm and

Donalbain think that they would be killed next? Explain what these two brothers talked about before they left. 20. Where did Malcolm flee to? 21. Where did Donalbain flee to? 22. Describe the strange, unnatural occurrence involving birds 23. Describe the unnatural occurrence involving horses 24. Where did Macbeth go to be crowned King of Scotland? 25. Who said he would NOT go to see Macbeth crowned? 26. Who spoke these words? “though my hands be the same color as yours, I shame to wear a heart so white”