The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare

Instructions:

This exam is meant to enhance your understanding of the subject matter, and contains roughly the same amount of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank and true or false questions. For each question, select or fill in the choice that is most appropriate.  

Exam-takers should read through each question carefully and take notes on difficult concepts.

1.

Where does most of Othello take place?

a)
Cyprus
b)
Venice
c)
Padua
d)
Turkey

2.

Iago is plotting Othello’s downfall because Iago doesn’t like how Othello “charmed” Desdemona into marrying him.

a)
True
b)
False

3.

Brabantio is the governor of Cyprus.

a)
True
b)
False

4.

 recruits Iago in an attempt to win Desdemona's love.

5.

What racial slur is not used to describe Othello?

a)
Circumcised dog
b)
Old black ram
c)
Unfit cur
d)
The Moor

6.

Othello uses the handkerchief he gave Desdemona as proof of her infidelity. 

a)
True
b)
False

7.

Othello is the of Venice (think militarily, not racially)

8.

Who is still alive at the end of the play?

a)
Desdemona
b)
Cassio
c)
Emilia
d)
Othello

9.

A keeps the Turkish fleet from reaching Cyprus. 

10.

How does Desdemona die? 

a)
She is poisoned
b)
She is stabbed
c)
She commands Iago to kill her
d)
She is smothered.

11.

Why does Othello dismiss Cassio from service?

a)
Cassio gets drunk and ends up in a fight
b)
Cassio gets drunk and calls Desdemona a
c)
Cassio gets drunk and decides to move to Venice
d)
Cassio gets drunk and challenges Othello

12.

discovers Desdemona's dead body.

13.

After hearing that Desdemona may be unfaithful, Othello says, “Haply, for I am and have not those soft parts of conversation/that chamberers have.” 

14.

Who is Bianca? 

a)
Othello's mistress
b)
Othello's wife
c)
Cassio's mistress
d)
Cassio's wife

15.

Who is Desdemona's father? 

a)
The Duke of Venice
b)
Brabantio
c)
Montano
d)
Lodovico

16.

When telling Othello that Desdemona may be cheating on him, Iago says, “With her, on her; what you will.” 

a)
True
b)
False

17.

  says the line, “Uds pity, who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch” when talking about women who may be disloyal to their husbands.

18.

When he becomes absolutely convinced that she is cheating on him, Othello first voices the idea that he should strangle Desdemona. 

a)
True
b)
False

19.

Which of the following is not a major theme of Othello

a)
Deception
b)
Race
c)
Love
d)
Religion

20.

Brabantio, after hearing how Othello won over Desdemona, says, “I think this tale would win my daughter too.”

a)
True
b)
False

21.

After hearing the rumor that Desdemona may be unfaithful to Othello, Emilia says, “I will be hanged if some eternal villain,/Some busy and insinuating rogue,/Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office,/Have not devised this slander. I’ll be hanged else.” 

a)
True
b)
False

22.

After giving advice on how to regain a lost reputation, says the line, “How am I the villain."

23.

What is Iago's relationship to Othello? 

a)
He is Othello's brother
b)
He is Othello's superior
c)
He is Othello's officer
d)
He is Desdemona's brother

24.

  is promoted to lieutenant at the beginning of the play

25.

kills Roderigo after Roderigo and Cassio duel. 

26.

Desdemona, as she is dying, says that Othello has killed her.

a)
True
b)
False

27.

When Desdemona is talking to her father about her marriage to Othello, she says:

a)
That Othello abused, stole and corrupted her.
b)
That Othello bewitched her
c)
That she fell in love with Othello because he is a Moor
d)
That she now has a higher duty to her husband than her father

28.

Desdemona, in her answer to the question about the division between Cassio and Othello, says that she has love for Cassio.

a)
True
b)
False

29.

Brabantio dies of old age.

a)
True
b)
False

30.

When trying to cheer up a despondent comrade, advises him to “Put money in thy purse."

31.

When Othello confronts Desdemona about her relationship with Cassio, he says her sin is that she “dost stone my heart.”

a)
True
b)
False

32.

What is the backstory behind the handkerchief Othello gave to Desdemona? 

a)
It was his mother's
b)
It kept his father from loathing his mother
c)
It was charmed
d)
All of the above

33.

Iago kills Othello at the end of the play. 

a)
True
b)
False

34.

Othello is the of Venice (think racially, not militarily) 

35.

Othello hits Desdemona after he thinks she has confessed her love for Cassio. 

a)
True
b)
False

36.

To whom does Desdemona turn for help after Othello calls her a “strumpet” and a “whore”?

a)
Brabantio
b)
Iago
c)
Cassio
d)
Othello

37.

What does Othello accept as proof that Desdemona is sleeping with Cassio?

a)
That Desdemona gave Cassio the handkerchief Othello gave her
b)
That Desdemona was hanging onto Cassio and was weeping
c)
That Cassio confessed he was sleeping with Desdemona
d)
All of the Above

38.

The subject of Desdemona's song, which she sings as she is getting ready for bed on the last night of her life, is  

39.

Othello calls Iago “thou foul thief" after hearing that Iago lied about Desdemona's relationship with Cassio. 

a)
True
b)
False

40.

was angry because she thought the handkerchief given to her was given to her suitor by another woman.

41.

In his dream, Cassio thought was Desdemona 

42.

Whom does Brabantio describes “a maiden never bold" when he is talking to Othello?

a)
Desdemona
b)
Emilia
c)
Bianca
d)
None of the above

43.

Cassio says “Oh, I have lost my reputation!” after he loses his position. 

a)
True
b)
False

44.

What is Emilia's relation to Desdemona? 

a)
Mother
b)
Lady-in-waiting
c)
Sister
d)
None of the above

45.

Iago claims total ignorance of Othello’s fury toward Desdemona when he is talking to Lodovico. 

a)
True
b)
False

46.

  became the “Lord Governor” at the end of the play.

47.

The letters found in Iago's pocket at the end of the play reveal the truth.

a)
True
b)
False

48.

What does Desdemona do during the last night of her life? 

a)
She sings
b)
She talks to Emilia
c)
She prepares for bed
d)
All of the above

49.

What warning does Brabantio give Othello after learning of Othello and Desdemona’s marriage? 

a)
Desdemona may be unfaithful
b)
Desdemona is too good for Othello
c)
Desdemona may be deceitful
d)
Desdemona will not leave Venice to go with Othello to Cyprus

50.

  is promoted to lieutenant in the middle of the play.

51.

Iago tricks Cassio into confirming Cassio’s fictional affair with Desdemona by taking his statements about Bianca and making them seem like they apply to Desdemona.

a)
True
b)
False

52.

Roderigo tells Iago, “Your words and performances are no kin together” because he thinks that Iago has made empty promises to him. 

a)
True
b)
False

53.

Othello decides that should be responsible for killing Cassio once he sees Cassio's handkerchief. 

54.

What does the Duke say after Brabantio joins Othello's and Desdemona's hands?

a)
That Othello is more fair than black
b)
That Othello has a black heart and is untrustworthy
c)
That Othello is dangerous
d)
That Othello is a thief

55.

Brabantio hated Othello even before Othello eloped with Desdemona. 

a)
True
b)
False

56.

Who wakes up Brabantio at the beginning of the play? 

a)
Othello and Desdemona
b)
Othello and Iago
c)
Iago and Roderigo
d)
Iago and the Duke

57.

Desdemona is accused of having an affair with Cassio.

a)
True
b)
False

58.

witnesses Othello and Desdemona’s argument that resuted from Cassio's possession of Desdemona's handkerchief.   

59.

feels that Desdemona is a “most exquisite lady.”

60.

Iago calls Emilia a fool after she expresses her opinions about Desdemona's peceived lack of fidelity. 

a)
True
b)
False

61.

How does Othello explain to Brabantio and the Duke how he won Desdemona's heart?

a)
He told her stories
b)
He bewitched her
c)
He gave her a charmed handkerchief that would make her fall in love with him
d)
He took her by force

62.

Cassio believes he should appeal to in order to regain his lieutenant position.

63.

Desdemona asks whether Othello is jealous after he asks her about the whereabouts of her handkerchief. 

a)
True
b)
False

64.

Why does Brabantio first call Desdemona into the conversation he is having with Othello and the senators regarding her marriage? 

a)
He wants her to condemn Othello to prison
b)
He wants to tell her that she is dead to him
c)
He wants to see whether Desdemona was responsible for falling in love with Othello
d)
He wants to tell her she will be moving from Venice to Cyprus

65.

has the last line in the play 

66.

Iago’s complaint against Cassio is that Cassio is too young to be Othello’s lieutenant

a)
True
b)
False

67.

What does Emilia do before she dies?

a)
She sings
b)
She tells Othello that Desdemona was faithful to him and loved him
c)
She says that she gave Desdemona's handkerchief to Iago
d)
All of the above

68.

Cassio inherits Othello’s estate at the end of the play. 

a)
True
b)
False

69.

Iago appears hesitant when he first tells Othello that Desdemona may be unfaithful.

a)
True
b)
False

70.

says in the beginning of the play that he will reap the consequences if he wears "my heart upon my sleeve”.

71.

What is one main difference between Othello and the rest of the characters?

a)
He is a Moor
b)
He is married
c)
He is the Duke of Venice
d)
He loves Desdemona

72.

Who asks Othello to reappoint Cassio as his lieutenant? 

a)
Iago
b)
Desdemona
c)
Cassio
d)
Emilia

73.

Iago tells Roderigo to kill Cassio. 

a)
True
b)
False

74.

is female, like Desdemona, but she acts as a foil to her.

75.

 Iago took and planted it in Cassio’s lodgings in order to frame him.

76.

What images does Othello refer to in his final monologue? 

a)
The base Indian
b)
Arabian trees
c)
A malignant and turbaned Turk
d)
All of the above

77.

Othello says that Desdemona has been “abused, stol’n from me, and corrupted” when he learns of her perceived affair. 

a)
True
b)
False

78.

Desdemona says, “I am a child to chiding” after Othello accuses her of infidelity. 

a)
True
b)
False

79.

A tempest separates Othello’s ship from ship as the characters sail to Cyprus. 

80.

As she is geting ready for bed on the last night of her life, Desdemona tells Emilia to lay her  on her bed.

81.

After losing his position, hires a clown as a messenger who will go to Desdemona and ask for her help in appealing to Othello. 

82.

Who is married to Iago? 

a)
Desdemona
b)
Emilia
c)
Bianca
d)
None of the above

83.

is promoted to lieutenant in the middle of the play because of his perceived loyalty to Othello.

84.

In the first scene, why does Iago leave after Brabantio wakes up and learns of his daughter's elopement? 

a)
He's worried Brabantio will be mad at him
b)
He doesn't think it is wise for Othello to see him
c)
He doesn't want Desdemona to know that he betrayed their friendship
d)
He thinks Brabantio does not want to be seen with someone of his status

85.

In the first Act, Iago says he wished he could kill Roderigo in order to silence him. 

a)
True
b)
False

86.

Who says the line, "I am not what I am" before waking up Brabantio at the beginning of the play?

a)
Othello
b)
Desdemona
c)
Iago
d)
Cassio

87.

Othello says, “And passion, having my best judgment, collied,” after he witnesses a drunken brawl and before he officially removes his lieutenant from office.

a)
True
b)
False

88.

Othello demands to confirm Desdemona and Cassio’s affair.

89.

The stage directions read that Cassio converses intimately with Desdemona after Cassio arrives safely on Cyprus. 

a)
True
b)
False

90.

Who falls into a trance after hearing a rumor about the love of his/her life? 

a)
Othello
b)
Desdemona
c)
Iago
d)
Cassio

91.

What does Iago do after he wounds Cassio? 

a)
He kills himself
b)
He stabs Cassio again until he dies
c)
He leaves the scene
d)
He tells Cassio why he hates him

92.

tells Othello that Cassio and Desdemona have never had any improper relations after Othello asks for proof of this rumor. 

93.

Desdemona pleads to her father that he allow her to accompany Othello to Cyprus.

a)
True
b)
False

94.

Which character is known as "honest"?

a)
Othello
b)
Desdemona
c)
Cassio
d)
Iago

95.

  says, “It is my wretched fortune” because of the emotional abuse he/she suffers at the hands of his/her spouse. 

96.

  is angry because he thinks that Iago is not dealing justly with him.

97.

What does Iago say to Montano regarding Cassio when the three of them are on Cyprus and Cassio is drinking? 

a)
He says that drinking is Cassio's vice
b)
He says that he himself made Cassio drunk
c)
He says that Roderigo made Cassio drunk
d)
He says Cassio is not drunk

98.

Why did Roderigo anger Cassio and cause the two to duel for the second time in the play? 

a)
Iago wanted Roderigo to kill Cassio
b)
Iago told Roderigo that killing Cassio would help Desdemona fall in love with him
c)
Iago complained that Cassio was an incompetent, drunk lieutenant
d)
Roderigo angered Cassio through his own actions

99.

After Lodovico arrives on Cyprus, Iago tells Roderigo that there is an “especial commission come from Venice to depute in Othello’s place” 

100.

After Desdemona's death, Othello describes himself as someone who “loved not wisely but too well.” 

a)
True
b)
False

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