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

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

3. On what account does Brabantio want to arrest Othello?
(a) Taking Desdemona's virtue.
(b) Bewitching Desdemona.
(c) Stealing precious jewels from Desdemona.
(d) Kidnapping Desdemona against her will.

4. After Othello sets Iago and Cassio on the watch, who does he leave with on his first night in Cyprus?
(a) The Duke.
(b) A dancer.
(c) Emilia.
(d) Desdemona.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Iago choose to be his main pawn in his plan to get revenge against Othello?

2. What does Brabantio do when he hears that Desdemona really does love Othello?

3. What does Iago swear to do to Othello and Desdemona's 'fine tuned' love?

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

5. Who does Cassio hire to cheer himself up after his embarrassment on his first night in Cyrpus?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Othello so happy to see Desdemona when he comes ashore in Cyprus?

2. What does the Duke decide to do after he has heard Othello and Brabantio's sides of the case against Othello?

3. Why is Roderigo so unhappy about Othello's marriage?

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

5. What does Brabantio see that convinces him that Desdemona has eloped?

6. How did Othello and Desdemona meet?

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

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

9. Why is Brabantio so mad at Othello?

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

(see the answer keys)

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