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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

Othello endures a crucible of sorts before the end of the tragedy. What lessons does Othello learn through this experience? How does he learn these lessons? How could he have learned these lessons without causing so much grief? Do you think Othello deserved what he got in the end? Why or why not?

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

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?

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