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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 Roderigo to do during the first night they are in Cyprus?

2. Who does Othello compare Cassio to when he sees Cassio fighting?

3. What does Iago think of a woman's opinion?

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

5. What does the Duke of Cyprus praise about Othello before he comes ashore in Cyprus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the celebration in Act 2, Scene 2 in honor of?

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

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

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

6. Why is Othello so torn about firing Cassio?

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

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

9. What does Roderigo suggest that he and Iago do to try and stop the marriage between Othello and Desdemona?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Desdemona say as she is dying and how does this statement affect Othello? How do these last words change the outcome of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Which character did you relate with the most in this book? Why is this? How did this character change throughout the book?

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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