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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 think of a woman's opinion?

2. Who is the main figure in Act 3, Scene 1?

3. What does Cassio call himself after he has been punished for his brawl in the street of Cyprus?

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

5. What is the Duke discussing when he is first seen in the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Desdemona lose that she is worried about finding?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Othello kill Desdemona?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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