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 destroyed the Turkish ships that were heading towards Cyprus?

2. What does Iago plan to do to get revenge on Othello?

3. How did Desdemona first meet Othello?

4. What does Brabantio think will happen once he presents his case against Othello at the Duke's house?

5. Who is awakened by the noise that Roderigo causes during the brawl in the street?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Othello and Desdemona meet?

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

3. Why is Othello so torn about firing Cassio?

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

5. Why is Brabantio so mad at Othello?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Othello is outraged when he overhears a conversation between Iago and Cassio. Explain this scene. How does Othello react to this conversation? Why does he feel this way? How does this one conversation change the outcome of the entire play?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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