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Othello Plot Quiz

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Why is Iago upset at the beginning of Act 1 of Othello?

Othello promoted Cassio over him.

What motivates Roderigo to be upset at the beginning of Act 1?

His love for Desdemona

Why does Iago wake up Brabantio at the beginning of Act 1?

To inform him that Desdemona eloped with Othello

How does Othello react to Brabantio's accusations of witchcraft?

He denies the accusations and remains composed

Why does the Duke of Venice summon Othello in Act 1?

To deal with urgent matters regarding Cyprus

What warning does Brabantio give to Othello before he leaves for Cyprus?

'Desdemona may betray you as she has betrayed me.'

How do the Duke and senators react to Brabantio's accusations against Othello?

They dismiss Brabantio's claims and support Othello.

What reason does Desdemona give to the Duke for her loyalty to Othello?

'I am bound to him by marriage vows.'

Why does Othello agree to go to Cyprus?

To confront the Turkish fleet threatening the island.

What is Iago's primary motivation in Act 1 towards Roderigo?

To deceive Roderigo for personal gain.

What event occurs at the beginning of Act 2 of 'Othello'?

A storm at sea that destroys the Turkish fleet

What does Iago subtly start to do in Act 2 to manipulate Othello?

Plant the seeds of jealousy in Othello's mind

Why does Iago target Cassio in his manipulative plot in Act 2?

To discredit Cassio in Othello's eyes

How does Iago involve Roderigo in his plan in Act 2?

By getting Roderigo drunk

Why does Othello strip Cassio of his rank in Act 2?

Due to Cassio's involvement in a brawl orchestrated by Iago

What is the primary focus of the conflict that arises within Cyprus in Act 2 of 'Othello'?

Internal threats driven by Iago's manipulation

How does the setting of Cyprus impact the characters in Act 2?

It intensifies the danger posed by Iago's schemes

What is Iago's true intention behind advising Cassio to seek Desdemona's help?

To incite Othello's jealousy by insinuating an affair between Desdemona and Cassio

In Act 2, what does Iago convince Roderigo about regarding Desdemona?

That Desdemona is in love with Cassio

What emotion does Iago express in his soliloquy at the end of Act 2?


What does Iago vow to do to Othello in Act 2?

Drive him mad with jealousy

How does Iago describe his own ability in Act 2?

Cunning and manipulative

What role does Roderigo play in Iago's plan in Act 2?

He is convinced by Iago to believe false information about Desdemona and Cassio

What is the main implication of Iago's actions towards Cassio in Act 2?

To create doubts about Desdemona's loyalty in Othello's mind

What marks the turning point in 'Othello' where Iago's manipulations deeply affect Othello?

Act 3

Why does Cassio appeal to Desdemona in Act 3 of 'Othello'?

To ask for help in being reinstated as lieutenant

What does Iago use to convince Othello of Desdemona's infidelity in Act 3?

A handkerchief

How does Desdemona unknowingly play into Iago's hands in Act 3?

By agreeing to speak to Othello on Cassio's behalf

What is the significance of the handkerchief in 'Othello'?

It serves as evidence of Desdemona's infidelity in Iago's scheme

In Act 3 of 'Othello', why does Iago mention seeing Cassio with Desdemona's handkerchief?

To further convince Othello of Desdemona's infidelity

What prompts Othello to promote Iago to lieutenant?

Iago's loyalty and honesty

Why does Othello question Desdemona about the handkerchief?

To see if she values the handkerchief

What is the turning point that deepens Othello's suspicions of Desdemona's fidelity in Act 3?

Desdemona's failure to produce the handkerchief

How does Act 3 end for Othello in terms of his relationship with Desdemona and Cassio?

Growing distrust towards Desdemona and planning revenge against Cassio

What major shift occurs in Othello's character by the end of Act 3?

He becomes consumed by jealousy and revenge

Match the characters with their actions in Act 4 of 'Othello':

Desdemona = Sings the 'Willow Song' Roderigo = Attempts to murder Cassio Cassio = Is wounded in an ambush Iago = Attacks Roderigo to maintain his facade of loyalty

Match the characters with their outcomes at the end of Act 4 of 'Othello':

Cassio = Is injured Roderigo = Is nearly dead Desdemona = Sense impending doom Othello = Resolve to kill Desdemona solidified

Match the characters with their relationships in 'Othello':

Bianca = Cassio's lover Desdemona = Tragic figure sensing impending doom Roderigo = Manipulated and desperate Iago = Creates deceitful world around him

Match the characters with their involvement in the plot of 'Othello':

Bianca = Mistakenly thought to be involved in affair Cassio = Subject to attempted murder Roderigo = Wounded in an ambush Iago = Silences Roderigo to maintain facade

Match the character traits with the characters in 'Othello':

Desdemona = Loyalty and innocence Iago = Dark and deceitful Bianca = Involved in misunderstandings and deceit Cassio = Subject to mistaken identity

Match the events with their consequences in Act 4 of 'Othello':

Attempted murder of Cassio by Roderigo = Leads to Cassio being wounded but not killed Iago attacking Roderigo to silence him = Maintains facade of loyalty to Othello Desdemona singing the 'Willow Song' = Foreshadows her tragic fate Othello's resolve to kill Desdemona solidified = Sets stage for tragic conclusion

Match the character with their action in Act 4 of 'Othello':

Othello = Becomes increasingly consumed by jealousy and resolves to kill Desdemona Iago = Continues to manipulate the situation, ensuring Othello's doubts solidify into murderous resolve Desdemona = Confronts Othello about her fidelity, but he is too consumed by jealousy to believe her Lodovico = Arrives from Venice with orders for Othello to return and Cassio to take over in Cyprus

Match the action with the consequence in Act 4 of 'Othello':

Iago convinces Roderigo to kill Cassio = To keep Othello and Desdemona in Cyprus and thus keep Roderigo close to Desdemona Othello confronts Desdemona about her fidelity = Desdemona, confused and distressed, maintains her innocence Othello has a seizure due to jealousy = Further inflames his jealousy to the point of wanting to kill Desdemona Lodovico witnesses Othello's erratic behavior = Showcasing Othello's drastic transformation under Iago's manipulation

Match the term with its description in Act 4 of 'Othello':

Seizure = Caused by Othello's intense jealousy towards Desdemona Innocence = Desdemona's maintained state despite Othello's accusations Erratic behavior = Displayed by Othello towards Desdemona, shocking Lodovico Transformation = Othello's change under Iago's manipulative influence

Match the event with its impact in Act 4 of 'Othello':

Iago orchestrates a conversation between Cassio and Bianca = Making it seem like they are speaking about Desdemona to further enrage Othello Lodovico arrives from Venice = With orders for Othello to return and Cassio to take over in Cyprus, witnessing Othello's abuse towards Desdemona Iago convinces Roderigo to kill Cassio = Arguing that it is the only way to keep Othello and Desdemona together in Cyprus

Match the emotion with the character in Act 4 of 'Othello':

Desdemona = Confused and distressed during the confrontation with Othello about her fidelity Lodovico = Shocked by witnessing Othello's erratic behavior and abuse towards Desdemona

Match the action with its implication in Act 4 of 'Othello':

Othello resolves to kill Desdemona = Seeing it as an act of justice for her supposed betrayal Iago continues to manipulate Othello = Ensuring his doubts solidify into murderous resolve

What is the main action that leads to Iago's manipulation being exposed in Act 5 of 'Othello'?

Emilia reveals Iago's deceit after finding out about the handkerchief plot

How does Iago ensure his deceit remains hidden after the chaos involving Roderigo and Cassio?

Stabs Cassio in the leg

What prompts Othello to ultimately take his own life in Act 5 of 'Othello'?

The realization of Iago's deceit

What term best describes Iago's actions towards Roderigo and Cassio in Act 5 of 'Othello'?


How does the play 'Othello' conclude in terms of justice for the tragic victims?

Posthumous justice through Iago's arrest and punishment

What significant event occurs when Emilia discovers the murder and realizes the truth behind Iago's schemes in Act 5 of 'Othello'?

Iago confesses his wrongdoings to Emilia

What is the primary reason behind Iago's plan failing to have Roderigo kill Cassio in Act 5 of 'Othello'?

Cassio overpowers Roderigo and turns the tables on him

What leads Othello to take Desdemona's life in Act 5 of 'Othello'?

Othello is misled by Iago to believe in Desdemona's unfaithfulness

What pivotal role does Emilia play in Act 5 of 'Othello'?

She uncovers Iago's deceit and reveals the truth about Desdemona

How does Othello's realization of Desdemona's innocence impact the play's conclusion in Act 5 of 'Othello'?

It intensifies Othello's guilt and remorse over his actions

What prompts the Venetian authorities to condemn Iago to torture and imprisonment in Act 5 of 'Othello'?

Emilia provides concrete evidence of Iago's manipulations

How does the appointment of Cassio as the governor of Cyprus contribute to the resolution of 'Othello'?

It symbolizes a return to order and stability after the chaos caused by Iago

Study Notes

Act 3

  • Othello's transformation from a revered general to a man consumed by jealousy and revenge begins in this act.
  • Othello vows to punish Cassio and Desdemona with Iago's manipulation.
  • Iago is promoted to lieutenant as a reward for his "honesty" and "loyalty".
  • The handkerchief becomes a significant symbol of Othello's love for Desdemona and later serves as "evidence" of her infidelity.
  • Desdemona's inability to produce the handkerchief deepens Othello's suspicions, despite her innocence.
  • Othello becomes fully committed to a dark path of revenge against his wife and Cassio, marking a tragic shift towards his downfall.

Act 4

  • Iago's machinations continue to affect Othello, leading him to doubt Desdemona's fidelity.
  • Cassio appeals to Desdemona to speak on his behalf to Othello, hoping to be reinstated as lieutenant.
  • Desdemona's kindness towards Cassio is used by Iago to fuel Othello's jealousy.
  • Iago suggests that Desdemona's pleas for Cassio are evidence of a more intimate relationship between them.
  • The handkerchief is used as false evidence of Desdemona's infidelity.
  • Othello's transformation is stark, and he becomes increasingly consumed by doubt and jealousy.
  • Desdemona begins to sense her impending doom and sings the "Willow Song", a melancholy ballad of lost love and betrayal.
  • The act ends with the attempted murder of Cassio, who is wounded but not killed, and Othello's resolve to kill Desdemona is solidified.

Act 5

  • Othello becomes increasingly consumed by jealousy and resolves to kill Desdemona.
  • Iago continues to manipulate the situation, ensuring Othello's doubts solidify into murderous resolve.
  • Iago orchestrates a conversation with Cassio about another woman, Bianca, making it seem to Othello that they are speaking about Desdemona.
  • Othello's jealousy is further inflamed, leading to a seizure.
  • Othello confronts Desdemona about her fidelity, but she maintains her innocence.
  • Lodovico, a kinsman of Desdemona, arrives from Venice with orders for Othello to return and Cassio to take over in Cyprus.
  • Othello's erratic behavior and abuse towards Desdemona shock Lodovico.
  • Iago convinces Roderigo to kill Cassio, arguing that Cassio's death is the only way to keep Othello and Desdemona in Cyprus.
  • The act ends with the culmination of Iago's manipulative schemes leading to devastating outcomes.

Act 1 Summary Quiz

  • The drama opens in Venice, where Iago discusses his hatred for Othello with Roderigo.
  • Iago is upset because Othello has promoted Cassio to lieutenant instead of him.
  • Roderigo is upset because he loves Desdemona, Othello's wife, and has been paying Iago to help him woo her.
  • Iago and Roderigo stir trouble by telling Brabantio, Desdemona's father, that she has eloped with Othello.
  • Brabantio is enraged and goes to find Othello.
  • The Duke and the senators are more interested in the Turkish threat than in Brabantio's accusations.
  • Desdemona confirms her love for Othello and her duty to him as his wife.
  • The Duke orders Othello to Cyprus to defend against the Turks.
  • Cassio is advised by Iago to seek Desdemona's help in regaining Othello's favor.
  • Iago reflects on his plans and the ease with which he manipulates the other characters.

Act 2 Questions

  • The act shifts the setting from Venice to Cyprus, where the characters converge to defend against the Turkish invasion.
  • The storm at sea destroys the Turkish fleet, removing the external threat to Cyprus.
  • Iago's manipulative plot intensifies, aiming to make Othello doubt Desdemona's fidelity.
  • The scene is set for a joyous reunion between Othello and Desdemona, but Iago's schemes lurk beneath the surface.
  • Iago targets Cassio, getting him drunk with the help of Roderigo.
  • The drunken Cassio gets involved in a brawl, orchestrated by Iago to discredit Cassio in Othello's eyes.
  • Othello, upon learning of the fight, strips Cassio of his rank of lieutenant.

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