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Othello Test prep

by: kamari tillman

Othello Test prep English 2520

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This guide will help you prepare for the test on the story othello
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This 2 page Study Guide was uploaded by kamari tillman on Thursday March 3, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to English 2520 at Western Michigan University taught by Grace Tiffany in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 33 views. For similar materials see Shakespeare in Foreign Language at Western Michigan University.


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Date Created: 03/03/16
Othello Test Preparation Directions: choose 4 questions and answer them. INFO: the next 3 questions on the test asked me to discuss the use of various terms in the play. Although you will have many options handkerchief, magic, and slavery were the easiest ones. QUESTION: TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE MOTIFS IN OTHELLO. ANSWER: ONEOF THE BIG MOTIFS IN OTHELLO IS ITS REFERNECE TO ANIMALS. InAct I, scene iii, Iago tells Roderigo, "Ere I would say I would suffocatemyself for the love of a guinea-hen, I would change my humankindwith a primate". He then comments that suffocating is forFelines and visually impaired puppies. Cassio regrets that, when tanked, he is eventually a numb-skull, and right away a beast! These references to creatures pass ona feeling that the laws of nature, instead of those of society, are the essential powers administering the characters in this play. At the point whencreature references are utilized concerning Othello, as they much of the time may be, they mirror the prejudice both of characters in the play and of Shakespeare's contemporary group of onlookers. QUESTION: DISCUSS THE USE OF A PROP IN THE PLAY AND QUOTE LINES THAT REFERENCES ITS USE. ANSWER: The most overwhelming prop in the play is the handkerchief that circles all through the play Because Othello offered it to Desdemona as a first blessing, the handkerchief capacities as a token of his adoration, which Desdemona loves. “I am glad I have found this napkin. This was her first remembrance from the Moor. My wayward husband hath a hundred times”. This is where the prop is included in the play. Torches, which speak to truth, are the main props in the play to signify a theme. Whenever Othello and Iago enter in Act 1, their two chaperons tail them conveying torches. The blend of light and shadows or lies demonstrate how the two are obscured uncovering just halfway truth.” Enter OTHELLO, IAGO, and attendants with torches”. This is in act scene 2 and shows presence of torches. Another prop in Othello is the bed. Desdemona's bed, first found in Act 2, is a vital image in the play. A definitive indication of faithfulness in the middle of her and Othello, it turns into the scene of her destruction. In the last act, Othello enters her bedroom holding a torch to locate her snoozing. He starts a confrontation with her about Cassio, which she denies yet he declines to accept. Othello storms around the bed hurling covers and pillows. He jumps on the bed and covers her with pillows.” Do it not with poison. Strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated”. This is where the bed is included in the play. QUESTION: DISCUSS THE USE OF MAGIC IN THE PLAY. ANSWER: Magic is something that is referenced InOthello. Brabantio blames Othello for utilizing spells andmedicines to degenerate Desdemona who, he says, couldn't love the Moor "sans magic." Othello uncovers that it is the magic of his stories that won over his new lady. I think that Othello is referencing Iago as a poisonwhen he says this. I believe that like poison Iago has slowly corrupted the minds of Roderigo, Emilia, andOthello. QUESTION: DISCUSS THE USE OF SLAVERY IN OTHELLO ANSWER: Slaves and slavery are both mentioned in Othello. There are also quotes in the play that support my claim. “For if such actions may have passage free, bond slaves and pagans shall our statesman be” (act 1 scene 2) references slaves. “Of being taken by the insolent foe and sold to slavery, of my redemption thence” (act 1 scene 3) references slavery.


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