Othello Act 1 Summary Quiz
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Othello Act 1 Summary Quiz

Test your knowledge on the events that unfold in Act 1 of Shakespeare's 'Othello'. Questions will cover the opening scene in Venice, the characters of Iago, Othello, Roderigo, and the initial conflicts and motivations revealed.

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What is the reason for Iago's hatred towards Othello in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

Othello promoted Cassio over him

Why does Roderigo feel upset in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

He loves Desdemona but she is already married to Othello

What accusation does Brabantio make against Othello when he confronts him in Act 1?

Witchcraft and sorcery

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

<p>To seek his advice on military matters concerning Cyprus</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does the Duke respond to Brabantio's accusations against Othello in Act 1?

<p>He dismisses Brabantio's claims and blesses Othello's union with Desdemona</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Iago contribute to the conflict between Othello and Brabantio in Act 1?

<p>By falsely accusing Desdemona of infidelity to Brabantio</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the primary reason Iago is upset with Othello in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Othello appoints Cassio as his lieutenant instead of Iago.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What motivates Roderigo's actions in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>His affection for Desdemona.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why does Roderigo pay Iago in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>To help him woo Desdemona.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does Brabantio accuse Othello of in Act 1?

<p>Bewitching his daughter Desdemona.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why does the Duke summon Othello to Cyprus in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>To discuss urgent matters concerning Cyprus's defense.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Iago manipulate Roderigo in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>By exploiting his love for Desdemona to achieve his own goals.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Othello react to Brabantio's accusations initially?

<p>He remains calm and confident in his innocence.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What leads Brabantio to confront Othello in Act 1?

<p>The news of Desdemona's elopement with Othello.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does the Duke respond to Brabantio's accusations against Othello?

<p>He dismisses Brabantio's claims and supports Othello.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does Desdemona do when Brabantio accuses her of betrayal in Act 1?

<p>She denies her father and reaffirms her love for Othello.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is Iago's main reason for being upset with Othello in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Othello promoted Cassio instead of Iago to be his lieutenant</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why does Roderigo feel betrayed and upset in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Desdemona eloped with Othello, whom Roderigo dislikes</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Iago contribute to the confrontation between Othello and Brabantio in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Iago provokes Brabantio by speaking ill of Othello</p> Signup and view all the answers

What leads to the Duke dismissing Brabantio's accusations against Othello in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Desdemona's testimony of love for Othello</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why does the Duke summon Othello to Cyprus in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>To assist in defending Cyprus against the Turkish fleet</p> Signup and view all the answers

What warning does Brabantio give Othello before he leaves for Cyprus in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>That Desdemona may betray Othello as she did him</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Othello react when accused of witchcraft by Brabantio in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>He denies any association with witchcraft</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Iago manipulate Roderigo in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>'Steals' money from Roderigo under the pretense of helping him win Desdemona's affection</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the reason behind Iago's animosity towards Othello in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Jealousy over Cassio's promotion</p> Signup and view all the answers

What motivates Roderigo to seek Iago's help in wooing Desdemona in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>His unrequited love for Desdemona</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Iago manipulate Brabantio into confronting Othello about his marriage in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>By insinuating witchcraft and deceit</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why does Brabantio ultimately bless the union between Othello and Desdemona in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Because Desdemona confirms her love for Othello</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does the Duke react to Brabantio's accusations against Othello in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>He dismisses the claims and supports Othello</p> Signup and view all the answers

What urgent matter requires Othello's presence as summoned by the Duke in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Defending Cyprus against the Turkish fleet</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Roderigo contribute to the conflict between Othello and Brabantio in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>By siding with Brabantio against Othello</p> Signup and view all the answers

What warning does the Duke give Othello before sending him to Cyprus in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>'Desdemona may not be as loyal as she appears.'</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why does Iago emphasize loyalty to Othello while discussing Brabantio's anger in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>To gain Othello's trust and manipulate him further</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why is Iago upset in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Othello promoted Cassio instead of Iago to be his lieutenant</p> Signup and view all the answers

What motivates Roderigo to seek Iago's help in wooing Desdemona in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>His love for Desdemona</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Brabantio initially react to the news of Desdemona eloping with Othello?

<p>He confronts Othello and accuses him of witchcraft</p> Signup and view all the answers

What warning does Iago give Othello regarding Brabantio's anger in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>That Brabantio's anger may lead to Othello's downfall</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why does the Duke summon Othello to Cyprus in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>To defend against the Turkish fleet threatening Cyprus</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the outcome of the Duke's response to Brabantio's accusations against Othello in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>The Duke dismisses Brabantio's claims and supports Othello</p> Signup and view all the answers

What leads Brabantio to confront Othello about his marriage to Desdemona in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>The news of Desdemona's elopement with Othello</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does Othello respond to Brabantio's accusation of witchcraft in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>He denies the accusation and offers proof of his love for Desdemona</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the reason for Roderigo feeling upset in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>His unrequited love for Desdemona and Iago's betrayal</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does the Duke do after dismissing Brabantio's claims in Act 1 of 'Othello'?

<p>Summons Othello urgently due to the threat on Cyprus</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Act 1 of "Othello"

  • The drama opens in Venice, one of the most powerful cities of the 16th century, at night.
  • Iago, the ensign to the Moorish general Othello, discusses his hatred for his master with Roderigo, a wealthy Venetian.
  • Iago is upset because Othello has promoted Cassio, not Iago, to be his lieutenant.
  • Roderigo is upset because he loves Desdemona, Othello's wife, and has been paying Iago to help him woo her, to no avail.
  • Iago and Roderigo stir trouble by waking up Brabantio, Desdemona's father, and telling him that Desdemona has eloped with Othello.

Confrontation and Accusations

  • Brabantio is enraged and goes to find Othello.
  • Iago warns Othello about Brabantio's anger but reassures him of his loyalty.
  • Othello is confident that his service to Venice and his love for Desdemona will protect him.
  • Brabantio confronts Othello about his marriage to Desdemona, accusing him of witchcraft.

The Duke's Intervention

  • Cassio interrupts the confrontation, summoning Othello to the Duke of Venice on urgent matters concerning Cyprus, which is threatened by the Turkish fleet.
  • The Duke and the senators are more interested in the Turkish threat than in Brabantio's accusations.
  • When Desdemona arrives, she confirms her love for Othello and her duty to him as his wife.
  • The Duke dismisses Brabantio's claims, and Brabantio reluctantly blesses the union, warning Othello that Desdemona may betray him as she has her father.

The Setup for Act 2

  • The Duke orders Othello to Cyprus to defend against the Turks.
  • The stage is set for Act 2, with the characters poised for a dramatic and intense confrontation.

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