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. What does Iago tell Cassio is the reason for Othello being at the inn?

2. How does Igao comfort Roderigo after the trial is over and the marriage is declared legitimate?

3. What does Othello do to punish Cassio for his fighting?

4. What is so different about Desdemona and Othello's relationship?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bianca surprised to see Cassio with when we first see her in the play?

2. What does Iago tell Desdemona he will do when Desdemona talks about Othello's odd and angry behavior towards her?

3. What is Iago's description of the perfect woman?

4. Who told Iago to kill Cassio?

5. Why does Othello finally tell Desdemona that he will consider forgiving Cassio?

6. Why is Othello so torn about firing Cassio?

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

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

9. Who are Cassio and Iago talking about while Othello thinks they are discussing Desdemona?

10. What does Othello say he needs before believing something negative about Cassio from Iago?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Othello endures a crucible of sorts before the end of the tragedy. What lessons does Othello learn through this experience? How does he learn these lessons? How could he have learned these lessons without causing so much grief? Do you think Othello deserved what he got in the end? Why or why not?

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

Emilia has her own theory for why some women cheat on their husbands. What is this theory? What are her validations for this? How does Desdemona feel about Emilia's theory? How do the characters' different opinions display themselves by the way the two women live their lives?

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