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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the main figure in Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) Desdemona.
(b) Iago.
(c) Othello.
(d) Cassio.

2. What is the literary function of the Clown in this play?
(a) To tell the history.
(b) To provide comic relief.
(c) To relay important messages.
(d) To provide ironic situations.

3. What is so different about Desdemona and Othello's relationship?
(a) Desdemona has alread been married twice.
(b) Othello is a black man and Desdemona is a white woman.
(c) Desdemona is much older then Othello.
(d) Othello has been promised to another woman for years.

4. How does Cassio describe Desdemona to the Duke of Cyprus?
(a) She is simple and sweet.
(b) She is crafty and conniving as evidenced by her elopement.
(c) She is a gold digger looking for wealth and power.
(d) She is too wonderful for poets to describe.

5. What is Cassio most worried about after his punishment?
(a) The expensive clothes that were ruined in the brawl.
(b) Desdemona's opinion of him.
(c) The drop in pay.
(d) The loss of his reputation.

6. Why is Cassio so hesitant to do what Iago is pressuring him to do?
(a) Roderigo is his good friend.
(b) He knows that pursuing a married woman is wrong.
(c) He does not hold his liquor well.
(d) He has lost a fortune to gambling.

7. How does Desdemona feel about Iago's description of the perfect woman?
(a) It describes herself to a tee.
(b) It is more thoughtful than she would have expected.
(c) It is kind and sweet.
(d) It is irrational and sexist.

8. How did Desdemona and Othello spend their time when they were falling in love before their marriage?
(a) Talking.
(b) Reading.
(c) Walking.
(d) Kissing.

9. What are Iago and Roderigo discussing as the first scene opens?
(a) The marriage of Othello and Desdemona.
(b) The gossip of the town.
(c) The status of the war.
(d) Iago's wife and her treachery.

10. What does Iago mock about his wife after Cassio greets her in the court of the Duke of Cyprus?
(a) Her lack of stylish clothing.
(b) Her stupidity.
(c) Her weight.
(d) Her constant talking.

11. What does Cassio call himself after he has been punished for his brawl in the street of Cyprus?
(a) A beast.
(b) No more than a man.
(c) A beggar.
(d) A fool.

12. What does Brabantio find that convinces him his daughter really has escaped to get married?
(a) A note.
(b) A receipt for a carriage.
(c) A marriage license.
(d) Her empty bed.

13. Who does Cassio fight with on his first night in Cyprus?
(a) Iago.
(b) Roderigo.
(c) Miltano.
(d) Montano.

14. What is the name of the Duke of Cyprus?
(a) Montano.
(b) Montana.
(c) Milano.
(d) Miltana.

15. How does Othello really feel about Cassio, even after his brawl in the street?
(a) He is jealous of Cassio and his easy way with women.
(b) He is ashamed of Cassio but thinks he has learned his lesson.
(c) He is embarassed by Cassio and never wants to see him again.
(d) He loves Cassio and wants him back in his service.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Duke discussing when he is first seen in the play?

2. How does Othello act while Brabantio is accusing him of such horrible things at the inn?

3. What does Iago think of a woman's opinion?

4. Who makes rude comments to the group that Cassio hired to cheer himself up?

5. What is announced in Act 2, Scene 2?

(see the answer keys)

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