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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 is the name of the Duke of Cyprus?

2. Who does Iago tell Cassio to confer with about finding forgiveness from Othello after his brawl in the street?

3. While talking to Othello in Act 1, Scene 2, what does Iago pretend that he does not like to do?

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

5. What drives the plot of this play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Brabantio so mad at Othello?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Bianca was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence, however brief, alters the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Bianca had not been in the book at all?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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