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

2. Who does Iago choose to be his main pawn in his plan to get revenge against Othello?

3. What does Cassio ask of Emilia the morning after his brawl in the street?

4. How did Desdemona first meet Othello?

5. How does Desdemona feel about Iago's description of the perfect woman?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Othello ask Emilia before he questions Desdemona about her affair?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Where is Othello going when he gives the package to Iago in Act 3, Scene 2?

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

10. Where is Iago supposed to deliver the package that Othello gives him?

Essay 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

The characters in this play all have their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and analyze each one's main motivation(s) throughout the play and how their individual goals affect the characters around them.

Essay Topic 3

What are Othello's final words, and what do they imply? How do these words sum up the entire theme of the play?

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