Othello Test | Final 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 is the shortest scene in Act 3?

2. What does Othello NOT do while he is confronting Desdemona about her affair?

3. What does Emilia tell Desdemona about jealousy after Othello leaves in a huff?

4. Before Othello leaves for his errand, what does Iago tell him that his wife is good at?

5. What does Desdemona know for certain as she readies herself for bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bianca surprised to see Cassio with when we first see her in the play?

2. What does Desdemona realize about her marriage while she is getting ready for bed?

3. What does Othello give to Iago in Act 3, Scene 2?

4. What does Iago tell Cassio to do after Iago is done speaking with Othello at the beginning of Act 4?

5. Who does Emilia say is to blame when women cheat on their husbands?

6. What does Iago tell Desdemona he will do when Desdemona talks about Othello's odd and angry behavior towards her?

7. What does Othello say he needs before believing something negative about Cassio from Iago?

8. Why does Othello complain to Desdemona about having watery eyes?

9. What do Othello, Lodovico, Desdemona and Emilia all do together after dinner?

10. Where is Othello going when he gives the package to Iago in Act 3, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of this play can be a little misleading to some people. Why is this? What are some other titles that might be more fitting? Why are these titles more suitable to the text than the original? Make sure to support your ideas with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What does Desdemona say as she is dying and how does this statement affect Othello? How do these last words change the outcome of the play?

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