Othello Practice Quiz

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Othello Practice Quiz

Othello is one of William Shakespeare's best work. One may be preparing to get a part in the remake of this play be reading up for a literature exam covering this book. Take the quiz to check on some facts on the book and remember some information about the play. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What century was Othello written in?
    • A. 

      17th

    • B. 

      16th

    • C. 

      18th

    • D. 

      14th

  • 2. 
    What year was Shakespeare born/died?
    • A. 

      April 1556-April23, 1616

    • B. 

      April 1564-April 23, 1616

    • C. 

      April 1574-April 23, 2016 :P

    • D. 

      April 1574; 1544-April 23, 1634

  • 3. 
    How did Iago rouse Brabantio's anger?
    • A. 

      He threw a torch at his house.

    • B. 

      He said that Desdemona was unworthy of Roderigo.

    • C. 

      He threw a shoe at his window and called Brabantio's cat fat.

    • D. 

      He used crude animal imagery of Desdemona and Othello's bonding.

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Property

    • B. 

      Loving Daughter

    • C. 

      Slave

    • D. 

      Animal

  • 5. 
    Othello told Desdemona stories of war and his adventures with the ______
    • A. 

      Cyclops

    • B. 

      Turks

    • C. 

      Anthropophagus

    • D. 

      Beasts

  • 6. 
    Which words best describe Roderigo?
    • A. 

      Smart, intelligent

    • B. 

      Gullible, dull

    • C. 

      Mental, insane

    • D. 

      Loving, protective

  • 7. 
    What does Roderigo call Iago when he dies and what does Othello call himself when he commits suicide?
    • A. 

      Treacherous dog/jealous dog

    • B. 

      Tricky dog/betrayed dog

    • C. 

      Devious dog/loving dog

    • D. 

      Inhuman dog/circumsis├Ęd dog

  • 8. 
    What is the difference between the light of Desdemona's heart and the light of the candle Othello is holding?
    • A. 

      Once Othello puts out Desdemona's "light", it can never be reignited again, unlike that of the candle.

    • B. 

      The candle's light will always light Othello's darkness, as Desdemona's "light" only brought evil in Othello's heart.

    • C. 

      Desdemona's "light" was darkness, unlike the candle's.

    • D. 

      The light of the candle was real, unlike that of Desdemona's.

  • 9. 
    "Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them"
    • A. 

      Othello

    • B. 

      Brabantio

    • C. 

      Cassio

    • D. 

      Iago

  • 10. 
    "...an old black ram/Is tupping your white ewe"
    • A. 

      Othello

    • B. 

      Iago

    • C. 

      Roderigo

    • D. 

      Cassio

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      The Duke did not believe him.

    • B. 

      The Duke ignored Brabantio and welcomed Othello.

    • C. 

      The Duke claimed that Brabantio may enforce whatever punishment he sees fit, including the "bloody book of law"

    • D. 

      The Duke claimed that Brabantio is free to kill Desdemona for this act of betrayal.

  • 12. 
    What does the Duke say to try and make Brabantio feel better?
    • A. 

      "It is the cause"

    • B. 

      "Farewell! Othello's reputation is gone!"

    • C. 

      "Your son-in-law is far more fair than black"

    • D. 

      He does not say anything

  • 13. 
    Who is Janus and who mentions him?
    • A. 

      Two-faced Roman god/Iago

    • B. 

      Roman God of War/Othello

    • C. 

      Greek God of Chastity/Desdemona

    • D. 

      Greek God of Harvest/Emilia

  • 14. 
    What kind of evidence does Othello ask Iago to give him?What did Iago do to give Othello the "proof"?
    • A. 

      Ocular proof/handkerchief

    • B. 

      Real evidence/handkerchief

    • C. 

      Unfathomable proof/handkerchief

    • D. 

      Actual evidence/handkerchief

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Desdemona drops it, Emilia picks it up, Emilia plans to get it copied, Emilia hands it to Iago, Iago drops it off at Cassio's room, Cassio picks it up and gives it to Bianca, Bianca gives it back

    • B. 

      Desdemona drops it, Iago picks it up, Cassio steals it from Iago and gives it to Bianca, Bianca gives it back

    • C. 

      Desdemona drops it, Othello picks it up, Cassio steals it from Othello and gives it back to Desdemona, Desdemona gives it to Bianca to copy, Bianca gives original to Cassio

    • D. 

      Desdemona drops it, Cassio picks it up and gives it to Bianca, Bianca gives it to Iago, Iago shows Othello

  • 16. 
    How does Othello see the handkerchief that Cassio "got from Desdemona"
    • A. 

      Bianca gives it back to him just as Othello was looking

    • B. 

      Cassio pulls it out of his pocket

    • C. 

      Othello finds the handkerchief on his desk along with a note signed Cassio

    • D. 

      Othello saw Desdemona give it to Cassio

  • 17. 
    What does Othello call Desdemona (negatively)?
    • A. 

      Chuck

    • B. 

      Darling

    • C. 

      Whore/Strumpet

    • D. 

      Mistress

  • 18. 
    What is Emilia's opinion of men?
    • A. 

      They are the most amazing creatures that ever graced this earth

    • B. 

      They are the reason why women fall and they when they get tired of women, they just vomit them out

    • C. 

      They are nothing but slaves to manipulate

    • D. 

      They are unworthy of being called human beings.

  • 19. 
    What type of play is Othello?
    • A. 

      Tragedy

    • B. 

      Comedy

    • C. 

      Satirical

    • D. 

      Farce

  • 20. 
    What did Desdemona think was troubling Othello?
    • A. 

      Politcal/State matters

    • B. 

      Life

    • C. 

      Wars

    • D. 

      Turks

  • 21. 
    What pattern is embroidered on the handkerchief?
    • A. 

      Strawberries

    • B. 

      Cherries

    • C. 

      Flowers

    • D. 

      Tulips

  • 22. 
    How were the Turks defeated?
    • A. 

      In a storm

    • B. 

      In war

    • C. 

      By Othello's army in Cyrpus

    • D. 

      By their own

  • 23. 
    Which of the following was Othello NOT called throughout the play?
    • A. 

      Horse

    • B. 

      Ass

    • C. 

      Ram

    • D. 

      Serpant

  • 24. 
    How old is Iago?
    • A. 

      35

    • B. 

      28

    • C. 

      50

    • D. 

      44

  • 25. 
    What is a "beast with two backs"?
    • A. 

      Two people having sex

    • B. 

      A monster

    • C. 

      Twins

    • D. 

      Mutant Horse

  • 26. 
    What is Brabantio's position in Venice?
    • A. 

      Senator

    • B. 

      Duke

    • C. 

      Corporal

    • D. 

      Lieutenant

  • 27. 
    Where does Iago tell Roderigo that Desdemona and Othello were going after they leave Cyprus?
    • A. 

      Florence

    • B. 

      Venice

    • C. 

      Mauritania

    • D. 

      Morocco

  • 28. 
    Who made the handkerchief in the first place?
    • A. 

      A sibyl/female prophet

    • B. 

      Othello's mother

    • C. 

      Othello

    • D. 

      Desdemona

  • 29. 
    What rank does Iago begrudgingly hold?
    • A. 

      General

    • B. 

      Ensign

    • C. 

      Lieutenant

    • D. 

      Sir

  • 30. 
    Where did Desdemona first hear the Willow song?
    • A. 

      Othello

    • B. 

      The Clown

    • C. 

      Barbary

    • D. 

      Emilia

  • 31. 
    Who is Barbary?
    • A. 

      Desdemona's mother's maid

    • B. 

      Desdemona's half sister

    • C. 

      Desdemona's cousin

    • D. 

      Desdemona's twin sister

  • 32. 
    Who is the "captain's captain"?
    • A. 

      Brabantio

    • B. 

      Iago

    • C. 

      Othello

    • D. 

      Desdemona

  • 33. 
    How does Othello kill Desdemona?
    • A. 

      Smothering

    • B. 

      Stabbing

    • C. 

      Hanging

    • D. 

      Shooting

  • 34. 
    While Cassio was drunk, whom does he wound?
    • A. 

      Roderigo

    • B. 

      Montano

    • C. 

      Othello

    • D. 

      Iago

  • 35. 
    The night he was stabbed, with whom did Cassio dine with?
    • A. 

      Iago

    • B. 

      Othello

    • C. 

      Bianca

    • D. 

      Roderigo

  • 36. 
    Who is the first character to refer to Othello by his actual name?
    • A. 

      The Duke

    • B. 

      Lodovico

    • C. 

      Gratiano

    • D. 

      Iago

  • 37. 
    In Lodovico's letter, who is supposed to replace Othello as the governor of Cyprus?
    • A. 

      Cassio

    • B. 

      Iago

    • C. 

      Lodovico

    • D. 

      Gratiano

  • 38. 
    What does Desdemona ask Emilia to do on the night of her death?
    • A. 

      Beg Othello for mercy for whatever she has commited

    • B. 

      Sing the Willow song

    • C. 

      Place her wedding sheets on her bed

    • D. 

      Pray with her

  • 39. 
    "Put money in thy purse"
    • A. 

      Iago

    • B. 

      Othello

    • C. 

      Roderigo

    • D. 

      Emilia