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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who does Cassio hire to cheer himself up after his embarrassment on his first night in Cyrpus?
(a) Some musicians.
(b) Some servants.
(c) Some stylists.
(d) Some dancers.

3. What does Iago think of a woman's opinion?
(a) It is just noise.
(b) It is nothing important and has no merit.
(c) It is highly important and should be listened to.
(d) It is usually the echo of her husband or father's opinion.

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

5. Who does Iago notice doting on Desdemona while in the court of the Duke of Cyprus?
(a) Roderigo.
(b) Cassio.
(c) A messenger.
(d) The Duke.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Brabantio find that convinces him his daughter really has escaped to get married?

2. Who does Othello compare Cassio to when he sees Cassio fighting?

3. What is the shortest scene in the book?

4. How did Desdemona first meet Othello?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Othello do when he sees Cassio's deplorable behavior on his first night in Cyprus?

2. What does Cassio do to cheer himself up after being punished by Othello for his brawl in the street?

3. What does Roderigo suggest that he and Iago do to try and stop the marriage between Othello and Desdemona?

4. What is Iago's description of the perfect woman?

5. Why does Othello compare Montano and Cassio to Turks on their first night in Cyrpus?

6. What does Desdemona say when she takes the stand at Othello's trial?

7. What trait in Emilia does Iago mock several times throughout the book?

8. Why is Brabantio so mad at Othello?

9. What does Cassio really want after his hired help is mocked by the clown?

10. How does Brabantio think Othello got Desdemona to marry him?

(see the answer keys)

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