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Study Questions Act 2

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Act 2
Scene I
1. What does Macbeth ask of Banquo at the beginning of Act 2? (i, 25-26)

2. Summarize what Macbeth explains in his soliloquy. (i, 33-64)

Scene II
3. Who does Lady Macbeth believe has announced that death is occurring? (ii, 3-4)

4. What does Lady MacBeth state stopped her from killing Duncan herself? (ii, 12-13)

5. How does Macbeth feel after committing the murder and what does he proclaim he could not do? (ii, 26-64)

6. What does Macbeth wish the knocking could do? (ii, 73-74)

Scene III
7. What does the Porter pretend to be the gatekeeper of? (iii, 1-18) How is this symbolic? 8. Based on his response to Macduff’s question about drinking, what other purpose does the Porter seem to serve in this play? (iii, 24-31) 9. What is the first reaction to the King's death and who's is it? (iii, 64-65) 10. What does Macbeth do to the supposed murderers and why? (iii, 116-129) 11. What symbolic act does Lady Macbeth pretend and how is it ironic? (iii, 130) 12. Why do Malcolm and Donalbain decide to flee? (iii, 134-139, 153-165) Where do they decide to go? Scene IV

13. What unnatural things do Ross and the Old Man mention have happened since Duncan’s murder? (iv, 1-20) 14. What does Macduff tell us about the current fortunes of Duncan’s sons and Macbeth? (iv, 24-32) What is the meaning of the line, 'God's benison go with you, and with those that would make good of bad, and friends of foes!'? (iv, 40-41)

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