Othello Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Cassio beg to talk with after his hired group has been sent away the morning after his street brawl?

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

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

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

5. Who makes rude comments to the group that Cassio hired to cheer himself up?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Iago plan to make Othello believe after the trial is over?

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

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

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

7. Why is Othello so torn about firing Cassio?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character did you relate with the most in this book? Why is this? How did this character change throughout the book?

Essay Topic 2

Cassio is a very integral part of this plot. How does Cassio and his actions change the tide of the plot? Do you think he is aware of what he is doing? Why or why not? Make sure to use examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Iago has a very specific description of his idea of the perfect woman. What is this description, and what does this suggest about Iago's character? Compare/contrast Iago's idea of the perfect woman to another character's thoughts on the subject.

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