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

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

3. What are Iago and Roderigo discussing as the first scene opens?

4. What is the name of Iago's wife?

5. What destroyed the Turkish ships that were heading towards Cyprus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Othello so torn about firing Cassio?

5. Why is Othello so happy to see Desdemona when he comes ashore in Cyprus?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jealousy is a pretty strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by jealousy react?

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

Desdemona sings a song that is echoed by Emilia in her death. What is this song? Why is it so significant? Where are the two women when they sing it, and how does it fit the scenes in which it was involved?

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