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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. Who has declared the big event for Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) Othello.
(b) The Duke of Venice.
(c) The Duke of Cyprus.
(d) Iago.

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

3. Where does Iago tell the search party for Desdemona to meet him after they hear news of her elopement?
(a) The inn.
(b) Brabantio's house.
(c) Othello's house.
(d) The town square.

4. How does Cassio greet Iago's wife when they enter the Duke of Cyprus's court?
(a) He ignores her.
(b) He embraces her.
(c) He kisses her.
(d) He bows to her.

5. What fault in Othello does Iago plan to use to go about destroying Othello's marriage?
(a) His lusty past.
(b) His jealousy.
(c) His dishonesty.
(d) His arrogance.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Iago plan to ruin Othello's marriage?

2. Who does Iago notice doting on Desdemona while in the court of the Duke of Cyprus?

3. Who does Cassio want to have put in a good word for him with Desdemona the morning after his street brawl?

4. Why is Iago so upset with Othello at the beginning of the play?

5. How does Cassio describe Desdemona to the Duke of Cyprus?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Othello and Desdemona meet?

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

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

4. Why is Iago so upset with Othello at the beginning of the play?

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

6. What does Emilia tell Cassio when he asks her to put in a good word for him with Desdemona?

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

8. What does Iago tell Montano about Cassio on his first night in Cyprus?

9. Why is Brabantio so mad at Othello?

10. Why does Cassio refuse to drink the wine offered him by Iago when they are both on watch on their first night in Cyprus?

(see the answer keys)

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