Othello short answer questions Flashcard Example #27745

What was Iago’s complaint in scene 1?
He was passed over for a promotion and Cassio got the job as lieutenant
Who was Brabantio, and why did Iago and Roderigo awaken him in the middle of the night?
Brabantio was Desdemona’s fathers and they awakened him to tell him about Desdemona and Othello’s secret marriage
Why did Iago leave Roderigo at Brabantio’s house?
He did not want to be seen as being against Othello even though he was
What was Brabantio’s reaction to Othello’s marriage to Desdemona?
Brabantio thinks Desdemona was basically forced to marry Othello, and was very angry
Why did the Duke send for Othello?
He thought his daughter was bewitched into marrying Othello.
Brabantio complains to the Duke about Othello’s marriage to Desdemona. After listening to both sides of the story, what was the Duke’s reply?
“I think this tale would win my daughter too”.
What was Roderigo’s complaint, and what was Iago’s reply to it?
He didnt get Desdemona, He’s saying put money in your purse and get over it”.
Why did Iago want Roderigo to anger Cassio?
He will start a fight and look unfavorable to Othello
What was the purpose of Iago’s plan?
To get revenge
Why did Iago want Cassio to drink more wine?
So he will make a scene because he is bad drunk and will look unfavorable to Othello
What lie did Iago tell Montano about Cassio?
Cassio is an alcoholic
Why did Othello strip Cassio of his rank?
He embarrassed Othello by being drunk and now Othello can’t trust him.
Why did Iago want Cassio to ask Desdemona for help in restoring Othello’s faith in Cassio?
Iago wants to make it look they’re having an affair
Why didn’t Iago simply tell Othello right away that Desdemona and Cassio were having an affair?
He wants Othello to figure out/come to the conclusion that Desdemona is cheating, while looking like the good guy.
What thing did Emilia find and give to Iago? What did Iago intend to do with it?
Handkerchief, he will plant it in Cassio’s lodging.
What was Iago’s reply when Othello demanded proof of
his wife’s disloyalty?
Cassio had a dream expressing his love for Desdemona,and told him about the handkerchief.
What did Othello decide and command at the end of scene 3?
Desdemona was damned and Cassio would be killed in 3 days.Iago got promoted to lieutenant.
What was Emilia’s relationship with Iago/Desdemona?
Iago’s wife; she is Desdemona’s BFF/Mistress.
Who had the handkerchief at the end of act 3?why?
Bianca, because Cassio wants ti make a copy of it.
After Iago lied and told Othello that Cassio confessed to going to bed with Desdemona, what advice did he give the overwhelmed Othello?
He told Othello to forget about it, not to act rashly, and try to protect his own reputation; he also said that many women end up in beds where they don’t belong.
How did Iago trick Othello into thinking Cassio was gloating and bragging about his affair with Desdemona?
He said he would ask Cassio about his affair with Desdemona, but instead of questioning Cassio about Desdemona, he asks about his relationship with Bianca; Othello overheard and was filled with rage and jealousy.
Why was Bianca angry with Cassio?
She loved him and thought that some other woman had given him the handkerchief as a gift.
How did Bianca’s return with the handkerchief help Iago?
It made things appear to Othello as though all Iago had said was true; that Desdemona had given it to Cassio, and that Cassio had in turn given it to a prostitute.
Why did Othello hit Desdemona?
She, in his eyes, had openly admitted to her love for Cassio; he was enraged.
What was Lodovico’s reaction to Othello’s behavior towards Desdemona? How did Iago later explain Othello’s behavior to Lodovico?
He was shocked, saying that Othello’s behavior would not be believed in Venice; Iago says that Lodovico should observe Othello himself.
Why did Othello ask Emilia about Cassio’s affair with Desdemona, and what was her reply?
He was still looking for truth and proof; Emilia claimed that Desdemona was innocent.
To whom does Desdemona turn to for help after Othello calls her a strumpet?
“Honest” Iago.
Why did Iago tell Roderigo to kill Cassio? Why did Roderigo consent to think about it?
Removing Cassio would make things simpler and would serve as “sweet revenge” for Roderigo; he agrees because Iago convinces him that if he kills Cassio, he will be able to have Desdemona.
How would Iago gain from Roderigo’s death? Cassio’s?
Rodergio’s death would prevent anyone from ever learning of Iago’s lies.
What happened when Cassio and Roderigo fought?
Roderigo was wounded by Cassio; Cassio was wounded from behind by Iago.
What did Iago do after he wounded Cassio?
He left, but he returned later to “help” Cassio and finish off Roderigo who had been identified as one of the attackers.
How was Desdemona faithful to Othello until the end?
He took that fall for Othello, claiming that she killed herself, not Othello.
What was Emilia’s reaction when Othello told her that Iago had revealed Desdemona’s affair with Cassio to him?
She was shocked and amazed; she couldn’t believe that her husband was capable of something this evil.
Who told the truth about Iago?
Emilia told what she had figured out about the situation on her deathbed; Iago confessed out of self-admiration and guilt; and letters were found in Roderigo’s pockets pertaining to and supporting the accusations against Iago.
What happened to Othello, Iago, and Cassio?
Othello stabbed himself, Iago was stabbed and then was put in jail, his fate left to be determined by Cassio; Cassio was appointed “Lord Governor”.

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