Othello Study Guide Acts I, II, III, IV, V

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What does Iago reveal to Roderigo about his – Iago’s feelings toward the Moor?
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Hatred/vengeance
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\”I follow him to serve my turn on him.\”
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Iago; \”I will get revenge after I follow Othello.\”
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\”I am not what I am.\”
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Iago; \”My motivation isn’t what I show you.\”
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Why is Roderigo all too eager to join with Iago in \”poisoning Brabantio’s delight?
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He wants Desdemona but Brantio said, \”No;\” jealousy.
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What shocking/unsettling news do Iago and Roderigo give to Brabantio?
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Othello&Desdemona got hitched #Desdello
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How does Brabantio believe Othello won Desdemona?
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Sorcery! Witchcraft, drugs
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Why is it fitting that Iago is associated with Janus, the two-faced god?
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He’s a backstabbing liar; faking allegiance to Othello, Roderigo, and Cassio
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Why did the Duke send Cassio to get Othello?
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Cassio’s the lieutenant and there’s news about the Turks in Cyprus/Othello is the general
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Why does Othello have Desdemona sent for?
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Validate their relationship
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Briefly explain how Othello claims he actually won Desdemona’s heart?
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He told her his story; she admired him
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\”She loved me for the dangers I had passed, and I love her that she did pity them.\”
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Othello; she empathized with him and grew to know Othello through his stories.
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What decision is made concerning Desdemona concerning Othello’s departure for Cyprus?
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She’ll come along, but will follow behind with Iago and Emilia with Emelia as her handmaiden.
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\”Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see; she has deceived her father, and may thee.\”
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Brabantio; \”She lied to her dear old dad; what makes you think she won’t lie to you too?\”
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Why does Roderigo threaten to drown himself?
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He’s a drama queen who has been friendzoned; Desdemona’s married and he has no chance with her.
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\”Put thy money in thy purse.\”
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Iago; \”Pool your assets and give them to me.\”
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Cuckhold
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Man who’s wife is an adulterer.
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What are the three revelations that come out in Iago’s soliloquy?
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1. Roderigo’s a dope and Iago will use him 2. Iago’s delusional and thinks Emelia and Othello hooked up once a long time ago 3. Plan is to make Othello jealous
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How does the setting shift?
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They’re now in Cyprus
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Who is Montano?
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Head of Cyprus; Governor; tried to break up Cassio and Roderigo
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What is the conversation all about in the first few pages?
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Ships and the weather; their journey
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\”Our great captain’s captain.\”
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Iago; in reference to Desdemona
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Iago speaks in couplets and poetic phrases concerning what?
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Putting down women; his wife in particular
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\”If after every tempest come such calms, may the winds blow till they have wakened death.\”
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Othello; in reference to Desdemona meeting him when his ship arrives from the terrible storm
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What happy news does Othello bring?
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Ding, dong, the Turks are dead
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What does Iago instruct Roderigo to do concerning Cassio at this point?
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Start a fight; make him angry
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What are three things you learn in Iago’s soliloquy?
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1. Thinks Othello has slept with Emelia 2. Plans to make Othello jealous 3. Will use Roderigo to get at Cassio
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In scene two, what does the Herald proclaim?
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It’s party time
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What advice does Othello give to Cassio
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Don’t get drunk, bruh
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What weakness does Cassio have?
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Drinking
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How does Iago plan to use this?
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Get Cassio drunk, then in trouble so he’ll lose his rank
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Why does Iago pretend to be drunk?
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To egg Cassio on; get him to drink more
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How does Montano get into a fight with Cassio?
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Trying to break up Cassio and Roderigo’s fight
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What punishment does Othello proclaim for Cassio?
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Strips his rank
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\”Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.\”
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Cassio; in reference to the events that just occured
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What action does Iago push Cassio to take?
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Get Desdemona to get his job back
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What do you learn in Iago’s soliloquy?
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Iago will turn Othello away from Desdemona by having Cassio beg Desdemona for his job back
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What is Iago’s plan?
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Get his wife to plead Desdemona to plead Othello; take Othello out and bring him back to see Cassio and Desdemona talking to each other
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What does Desdemona promise Cassio?
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She’ll mend his and Othello’s relationship
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What is Othello’s response to Desdemona’s request?
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He keeps putting her off
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How does Iago go about planting the seed of doubt in Othello’s mind?
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Iago questions Cassio’s presence during #Desdello’s courtship.
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\”O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.\”
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Iago; ironic because he’s warning Othello of feeling jealousy when Iago is the one making Othello doubtful and jealous.
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Napkin
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Handkerchief
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What ultimatum does Othello give to Iago?
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\”You gotta prove my wife is cheating on me, or else.\”
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What two \”proofs\” does Iago then offer to Othello?
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Her station, race; she’ll realize she’s married below her/the fact that she deceived her father.
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What is Iago to do to Cassio?
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Kill him
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How does Othello find occasion to ask for Desdemona’s handkerchief?
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He’s got a cold
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Bianca
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Cassio’s love interest
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What causes Othello to fall into an epileptic fit/trance?
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He’s really upset about what Iago’s told him about Desdemona.
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Why does Iago propose that Othello hide himself?
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So he can watch how Cassio talks about Desdemona
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What does Iago question Cassio about while Othello assumes that Desdemona is the topic of discussion?
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Bianca
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How does the handkerchief reappear?
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Bianca gives it back to Cassio
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Othello decides to kill Desdemona with ______ until Iago convinces him to ________.
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Poison; strangle her
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Lodovico
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Desdemona’s cousin from Venice
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Why does Othello strike Desdemona?
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She says something positive about Cassio
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\”Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.\”
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Othello; to Desdemona when she swears by Heaven that she’s innocent of any crimes.
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What does Desdemona wish to speak to Iago about?
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To ask what to do to win Othello back
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Why is Roderigo angry with Iago?
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He’s not with Desdemona by now and he has no money
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What does Iago convince Roderigo to do?
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Kill Cassio
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Barbary
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Maid that lost her love
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\”Good night, good night. Heaven me such uses send, not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend!\”
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Desdemona; wants to make things right with Othello
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\”Impudent strumpet!\”
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Othello to Desdemona. Reference in Brave New World to this.
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\”I know not how I lost him.\”
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Desdemona to Iago.
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_____ wounds Roderigo, and _____ wounds Cassio.
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Cassio; Iago
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Othello assumes what as he passes by?
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Iago’s killed Cassio
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Gratiano
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Desdemona’s uncle
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Who kills Roderigo?
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Iago
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\”Put out the light, and then put out the light.\”
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Othello, to himself; in reference to putting out the candle light and then killing Desdemona.
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What does Othello question Desdemona about before killing her?
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Her sins; trying to make her confess
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\”That death’s unnatural that kills for loving.\”
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Desdemona; realizes that Othello’s actually going to kill her that night.
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How does Othello kill Desdemona?
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Text says \”stifles;\” can be interpreted as strangling or suffocation
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\”A guiltless death I die.\”
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Desdemona; her last words
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What truth does Emilea reveal to Othello?
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Nothing ever went on with Cassio
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What news does Gratiano bring concerning Brabantio?
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He died \”of a broken heart\”
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What does Emilia reveal concerning the handkerchief?
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She found it and gave it to Iago, as he requested
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____ stabs Emilia
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Iago, because he’s a evil jerk
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\”Moor, she was chaste. She loved thee, cruel Moor.\”
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Emilia; last words to Othello
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_____ wounds Iago
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Othello
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Who is to rule in Cyprus?
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Cassio
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\”Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate. Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak of one that loved not wisely, but too well.\”
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Othello; \”Speak the truth; don’t blow anything about of proportion or gloss over any details.\”
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How does Othello die?
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Suicide via *another* hidden weapon
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Who is in left in charge of Iago’s punishment?
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Cassio

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