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 the Duke order Othello to do before hearing what Brabantio has to say?

3. How does Othello act while Brabantio is accusing him of such horrible things at the inn?

4. Who pretends to help Cassio after his embarrassing street brawl the night before?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What trait in Emilia does Iago mock several times throughout the book?

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

3. Why is Roderigo so unhappy about Othello's marriage?

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

5. What does Desdemona say when she takes the stand at Othello's trial?

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

7. What does Emilia tell Cassio when he asks her to put in a good word for him with Desdemona?

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

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

10. What destroyed the Turkish ships that were heading for Cyprus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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