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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Roderigo want to do after the trial is over and the marriage was declared legitimate?
(a) Kill Desdeona.
(b) Kill himself.
(c) Kill Othello.
(d) Kill Iago.

2. Who is one of the messengers who summons Othello while he is talking to Iago of his love for Desdemona?
(a) Cassio.
(b) Brabantio.
(c) Roderigo.
(d) General Stringham.

3. How does Igao comfort Roderigo after the trial is over and the marriage is declared legitimate?
(a) Points out that Desdemona has a beautiful sister.
(b) Lists all of Desdemona's faults.
(c) Assures Roderigo that the couple will tire of each other soon.
(d) Encourages him to find a new love.

4. What is the big event of Act 2, Scene 2 in honor of?
(a) Othello and Desdemona's marriage.
(b) The capture of a Turkish spy.
(c) The Turks who have tried to invade.
(d) The victory over the Turks.

5. Who does Iago tell Cassio to confer with about finding forgiveness from Othello after his brawl in the street?
(a) Emilia.
(b) The Duke.
(c) Desdemona.
(d) Othello.

6. What is the shortest scene in the book?
(a) Act 1, Scene 4.
(b) Act 2, Scene 2.
(c) Act 3, Scene 1.
(d) Act 2, Scene 3.

7. Who makes rude comments to the group that Cassio hired to cheer himself up?
(a) A lord.
(b) A musician.
(c) A beggar boy.
(d) The clown.

8. How do Iago and Roderigo wake up Brabantio to tell him of the marriage?
(a) They knock on the door.
(b) They sneak into his bedroom.
(c) They rush into the house after the doorman opens the door.
(d) They knock on his window while he is sleeping.

9. Why does Brabantio think Othello has the power of bewitchment?
(a) He is a moor.
(b) He has seen Othello do it to others.
(c) This is widely rumored about Othello.
(d) Iago told him this.

10. To what genre is this play categorized?
(a) A tragedy.
(b) A romance.
(c) A comedy.
(d) A drama.

11. What does Cassio ask of Emilia the morning after his brawl in the street?
(a) To deliver a letter to both Othello and Desdemona.
(b) To find some money for him to sail back to Venice.
(c) To secure him some time to talk alone with Desdemona.
(d) To plead with Othello to forgive him.

12. What does the Duke do after hearing both Brabantio and Othello's sides of the story?
(a) Hear Desdemona's version of the story.
(b) Allow Othello to go free.
(c) Arrest Brabantio for his outrageous accusation.
(d) Test Desdemona for signs of having been bewitched.

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

14. What does Brabantio think will happen once he presents his case against Othello at the Duke's house?
(a) Brabantio fears that the Duke will side with Othello.
(b) Brabantio fears that Othello will bewitch them just as he has Desdemona.
(c) Brabantio thinks the Senate will agree with him.
(d) Brabantio knows the Duke was in love with Desdemona, so the Duke will side with him.

15. What does the Duke of Cyprus praise about Othello before he comes ashore in Cyprus?
(a) His love.
(b) His style.
(c) His courage.
(d) His creativity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Othello do to punish Cassio for his fighting?

2. During their discussion while on watch together, what does Iago urge Cassio to do?

3. What is Roderigo's first step toward revenge against Othello when he hears of their marriage?

4. Who is Brabantio referring to when he says, "It would have been better if she had married even you."

5. What fault in Othello does Iago plan to use to go about destroying Othello's marriage?

(see the answer keys)

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