ISC Macbeth Workbook Answers : Act 2 Scene 2

Welcome to our blog post ISC Macbeth Workbook Answers : Act 2, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece, “Macbeth.” As dedicated learners and educators, we recognize the importance of unraveling the nuances of Shakespearean literature, which is why we’ve curated this comprehensive guide specifically tailored to the ISC curriculum.

Within this blog, we’ll explore Act 2, Scene 2, utilizing the meticulously crafted workbook provided by Morning Star publishers. Our objective is to not only present multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and detailed answers but also to foster a deeper comprehension of the play’s themes, characters, and linguistic complexities.

While our responses are structured based on the workbook, we encourage students to use this resource as a springboard for their own exploration. Shakespeare’s works offer rich layers of interpretation, inviting individual analysis. Therefore, feel empowered to adapt and personalize our insights to suit your unique learning style and needs.

Whether you’re striving for academic excellence or simply eager to unravel the depths of “Macbeth,” join us on this enlightening journey through Act 2, Scene 2. Let’s embark on an adventure where Shakespeare’s words transcend time, captivating minds across generations.

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Workbook Summary :

The scene takes place at Macbeth’s castle at Inverness. As the curtain rises Lady Macbeth tells the audience that she has drugged the guards to get them drunk, and that she herself has taken some wine to make herself bold. She imagines that there is a cry from outside the room, and she is afraid that the two grooms are awake and the plan of murder is unsuccessful. Nothing happens and after a few moments Macbeth enters, Lady Macbeth has become bold by now. She tells her husband that she herself would have stabbed King Duncan if he had not resembled her father as he slept.

Macbeth After the Murder: Macbeth tells his wife that, as he descended the stairs someone stirred in his sleep and said a short prayer. Macbeth had tried to say “Amen” in reply to the prayer but the word “Amen” got stuck in his throat. Lady Macbeth advises him to ignore the whole thing. He asks her why he had not been able to say the word “Amen” especially when he needed the blessing.
Macbeth recalls that he heard a voice crying to him to sleep no more..

Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more.
Macbeth does murder Sleep’, the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great Nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.


The mysterious voice had told Macbeth that he has murdered sleep. Lady Macbeth does not understand what her husband means, but he continues to say that he has murdered sleep. He is overtaken by the horror of what he has done.

Lady Macbeth cleverly advises him to place the daggers in the hands of the grooms, and smear them with blood. That would clear him of suspicion. But Macbeth refuses to do so. Lady Macbeth herself goes into the room, and smears the sleeping guards, with blood. On return, she confides in Macbeth telling him that a “little water clears them of the deed.” He wonders whether all the waters of the ocean can wash the blood clean from his hands. It seems to him that his hands with blood can turn the entire water of the oceans to a red colour. He says:

Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red.

The Knocking: Lady Macbeth returns after having smeared the guards with blood, tells Macbeth that now her own hands are also red, but a little water clears them of the suspicion. There is more knocking at the gate. They go in and put on their night-gowns to show others that they were on bed during this part of the night. Macbeth expresses the wish that this knocking would wake Duncan from his deep Sleep

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Workbook MCQs :

1. What was the effect of the wine on Lady Macbeth?
(a) It dampened her senses
(b) It filled her with courage
(c) It made her drowsy
(d) None of the above

Answer :- (b) It filled her with courage

2. Who are referred to as ‘the surfeited grooms”?
(a) The drunken servants
(b) The defeated warriors
(c) The trusted servants
(d) Duncan’s sons

Answer :- (a) The drunken servants

3. In her soliloquy, Lady Macbeth refers to the struggle between which of the following?
(a) Man and Animal
(b) Evil and Virtue
(c) Death and Nature
(d) Day and Night.

Answer :- (c) Death and Nature

4. What did Lady Macbeth say she heard in this scene?
(a) Lion’s roar
(b) Owl scream
(c) Crickets cry
(d) Both (b) and (c).

Answer :- (d) Both (b) and (c).

5. What does the conversation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth after the murder of Duncan reveal about them?
(a) Their fear and anxiety
(b) Their confidence and success
(c) Their joy and jubilation
(d) Their struggle and hardships.

Answer :- (a) Their fear and anxiety

6. What does Macbeth refer to as “a sorry sight”?
(a) Murder of Duncan
(b) Plight of Lady Macbeth
(c) His blood stained hands
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (c) His blood stained hands

7. In this scene, who are the ‘two lodg’d together”?
(a) Two guards outside Duncan’s room
(b) Two sons of King Duncan
(c) Two witches
(d) Banquo and Fleance

Answer :- (b) Two sons of King Duncan

8. In this scene, unlike Macbeth, who appears as an imaginative person, Lady Macbeth is shown as a :
(a) practical person
(b) stubborn person
(c) artistic person
(d) None of the above

Answer :- (a) practical person

9. For Macbeth, the blood on his hands is symbolic of which of the following?
(a) His bravery in the battle
(b) His guilt of murdering Duncan
(c) His revenge against enemies
(d) None of the above.

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10. What did Lady Macbeth do after the murder of King Duncan?
(a) She smeared the guards with blood
(b) She poised the guards
(c) She made the guards run away from them
(d) None of the above

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11. What do you understand by ‘sternest good-night™?
(a) A night spent in drunken stupor
(b) A drugged good night
(c) Last good-night before death
(d) Both (a) and (c)

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12. In this scene the atmosphere of fear is evoked by
(a) The owl’s shrieking
(b) The grooms praying
(c) The strange sounds
(d) All of the above

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Complete The Sentences :

  1. Lady Macbeth also took wine because it filled her with courage and determination to carry out their plan of murdering King Duncan.
  2. Lady Macbeth could not kill King Duncan herself because he resembled her father as he slept, which made her unable to commit the act herself.
  3. Macbeth could not say ‘Amen’ though he needed blessing because For Full Answers Get The Workbook Answers PDF – View )
  4. An unknown voice tells Macbeth that “Glamis hath murder’d sleep” because For Full Answers Get The Workbook Answers PDF – View )
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