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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. Who does Iago talk to Cassio about when Othello thinks they are talking about Desdemona?
2. Why is Roderigo upset with Iago after Desdemona and Emilia are called to dinner?
3. Who wounds Cassio towards the end of the play?
4. What does Emilia tell Desdemona about jealousy after Othello leaves in a huff?
5. What drops to the ground as Othello and Desdemona head to dinner with the islanders?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Desdemona call Iago when she is talking with Cassio about getting his job back?
2. What does Desdemona realize about her marriage while she is getting ready for bed?
3. What is Emilia's response to the question Othello asks about Desdemona?
4. Why does Othello complain to Desdemona about having watery eyes?
5. What does Desdemona lose that she is worried about finding?
6. What does Othello give to Iago in Act 3, Scene 2?
7. Why does Othello finally tell Desdemona that he will consider forgiving Cassio?
8. What does Desdemona do while getting ready for bed after dinner?
9. What part did Cassio play in Othello and Desdemona's courtship?
10. What do Othello, Lodovico, Desdemona and Emilia all do together after dinner?
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
Bianca was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence, however brief, alters the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Bianca had not been in the book at all?
Essay Topic 3
Why might Shakespeare have allowed Iago to live at the end of the play when so many others died? What kind of message does this send? Should Iago have been killed? Why or why not?
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