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. On what account does Brabantio want to arrest Othello?

2. Who is ordered to attend Desdemona on her journey to Cyprus?

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

4. What is the name of Iago's wife?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Duke of Cyprus feel about Othello?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Othello is a black man in power. How does this major feature about him affect the people around him? What are people's first impressions of him? Does his skin color change the way people think about him? Why or why not? Make sure you support your answers with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

This book is set in two different cities. Compare and contrast these two cities. How do these different locations affect the outcome of the book?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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