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1. What pattern is embroidered on the handkerchief?

2. How is the Turkish fleet thwarted?

3. What rank does Cassio hold before Othello strips it from him?

4. Which of the following animal epithets is not applied to Othello during the play?

5. How old is Iago?

6. What is “the beast with two backs”?

7. What is Brabanzio’s position in Venice?

8. Where does Iago tell Roderigo that Othello and Desdemona are sailing to from Cyprus?

9. Who made the handkerchief that Othello inherited from his mother?

10. What first attracted Desdemona to Othello?

11. What rank does Iago begrudgingly hold?

12. From whom did Desdemona first hear the “song of ‘Willow’”?

13. Which of the following epithets is most commonly applied to Iago throughout the play?

14. Whose death does Graziano report in the final scene?

15. Which of Cassio’s weaknesses does Iago exploit?

16. Whom does Iago refer to as the true general?

17. How does Othello kill Desdemona?

18. What, according to Iago, is the “green-eyed monster”?

19. Whom does Cassio wound in the drunken brawl of Act II, scene iii?

20. With whom does Cassio dine the night he is stabbed?

21. What is Othello holding as he stands over the sleeping Desdemona?

22. Who is the first character to refer to Othello by name?

23. According to Lodovico’s letter, who is to replace Othello as governor of Cyprus?

24. On the night of her death, what does Desdemona ask Emilia to do?

25. What does Iago counsel Roderigo to do?

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enthusiastic jealousy

by IndustrialCarnage, April 02, 2013

This is perhaps one of Shakespeare's more interesting plays, if you will. In comparison to Macbeth it isn't quite the walk in the park.
I think conceptually it enables the reader to see that characters can influence characters to such a degree that the original traits are masked and changed. Tragedy in this play is definitely a main component - and a great emphasis that perhaps the villain doesn't always find their true defeat. In a way, wasn't the "villain" successful? He lied to everyone and pretty much killed whomever got in his way.


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by Promatter, January 11, 2014

Just a theory
The role of Emelia in Othello.

Before I begin expounding on this thought, let me first say that I am not a Shakespearean “Scholar”. I am just a teacher who loves teaching Shakespeare on the off-chance that one of my students will get bitten by the bug and want to study and read more of the man than just the set works that he or she has to cover for exam purposes.
Having taught Othello to matric classes for the past 4 years, I have developed a few theories of my own about Shakespeare’s “bit” actors,... Read more


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Wholesale Destruction by an Honest Many

by ReadingShakespeareby450th, February 17, 2014

Othello was the final play in my effort to read all of Shakespeare before his 450th. It was a great time reading them all, and Othello was one of the most difficult and darkest (so often pitting light against darkness).

While racism in Elizabethan England wasn't the same as that of the 21st century, it certainly was a backdrop to the play, and Shakespeare, this time, seemed to challenge it.

If you're interested, see my blog on Othello:

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