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

2. What do Othello and Desdemona do when they meet each other in Cyprus?
(a) Chide each other for scaring the other.
(b) Blush and act embarrassed.
(c) Embrace warmly.
(d) Kiss passionately.

3. Who is Brabantio referring to when he says, "It would have been better if she had married even you."
(a) Iago.
(b) Roberto.
(c) Cassio.
(d) Roderigo.

4. How is Brabantio related to Desdemona?
(a) He is her grandfather.
(b) He is her uncle.
(c) He is her father.
(d) He is her godfather.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Brabantio think Othello has the power of bewitchment?

3. Who pretends to help Cassio after his embarrassing street brawl the night before?

4. What is Cassio most worried about after his punishment?

5. How does Desdemona feel about Iago's description of the perfect woman?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the message contain that Othello sends out in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

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

4. How did Othello and Desdemona meet?

5. When we first see Iago speaking with Othello, what does Iago claim to not be?

6. What destroyed the Turkish ships that were heading for Cyprus?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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