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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. What does Iago plan to tell Othello once he is in Cyprus with him?

2. What is Roderigo's first step toward revenge against Othello when he hears of their marriage?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Cassio so worried about Othello when he comes ashore in Cyprus?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the celebration in Act 2, Scene 2 in honor of?

7. Why is Othello so torn about firing Cassio?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Othello asks Desdemona a question before he kills her. What is this question and why does Othello feel it was so necessary? What does this reveal about Othello's character?

Essay Topic 3

Iago uses many different lies to complete his horrible goals. What are some of these lies, and how did they poison the characters who heard them?

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