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 do Othello and Desdemona do when they meet each other in Cyprus?

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

3. What does Iago plan to tell Othello once he is in Cyprus with him?

4. What does Brabantio do when he hears that Desdemona really does love Othello?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Brabantio see that convinces him that Desdemona has eloped?

4. How did Othello and Desdemona meet?

5. What does the Duke decide to do after he has heard Othello and Brabantio's sides of the case against Othello?

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

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

8. Why is Othello at the inn when he receives the summons from the Duke?

9. Why is Othello so torn about firing Cassio?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is involved in the attack on Cassio, and what do they have to gain by doing this? How does this night alter the plot?

Essay Topic 2

Iago has a very specific description of his idea of the perfect woman. What is this description, and what does this suggest about Iago's character? Compare/contrast Iago's idea of the perfect woman to another character's thoughts on the subject.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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