Othello Act III Quiz

Why does Othello think he might not be able to reinstate Cassio? Because Montano is so popular in Cyprus
What prior connection was there between Desdemona and Cassio? Cassio was Othello’s go-between when he wooed Desdemona.
Who steals Desdemona’s handkerchief? Emilia
What does Iago claim that Cassio did in his sleep? Called out Desdemona’s name
What does Othello do to Iago after they make their vow of vengeance? Promotes him to lieutenant
What is the significance of Desdemona’s moist hand? It suggests sexual promiscuity.
Where did Othello get the handkerchief? From his mother, who got it from a sorceress
What does the handkerchief represent to Othello? Marital fidelity
What does Desdemona think is upsetting Othello? A political matter
What does Cassio ask Bianca to do with the handkerchief? Copy its embroidery
In pleading to her husband, Desdemona’s word choice hurts her argument. What words have double meanings that might make it seem to Othello that she is in love with Cassio? Desdemona’s use of the word “suitor” implies Cassio as a lover rather than a petitioner for his job.
What is one example of irony from Act 3 Scene 3? The handkerchief it is originally seen as symbol of Othello and Desdemona’s love for each other but ultimately becomes their downfall and is used as a tool for Iago’s passion for revenge instead of Othello’s passion for love.
What technique does Iago use in his speech to Othello to make his assertion about Desdemona and Cassio seem more plausible? Iago uses stereotypes of Venetian women to show how women freely and liberally women give their love away so easily and to anyone they desire implying Desdemona is no exception.
Othello: Haply for I am black,And have not those soft parts of conversationThat chamberers have; or for I am declinedInto the vale of years—yet that’s not much—She’s gone. I am abused, and my reliefMust be to loathe her. O curse of marriage,That we can call these delicate creatures oursAnd not their appetites! I had rather be a toadAnd live upon the vapor of a dungeonThan keep a corner in the thing I loveFor others’ uses. Yet ’tis the plague of great ones;Prerogatived are they less than the base.’Tis destiny unshunnable, like death. (III.iii.267-279)What does the line “I had rather be a toad and live upon the vapor of a dungeon Than keep a corner in the thing I love” mean in regards to Othello? Othello believes himself to be an ugly toad, unworthy of the “delicate creature” Desdemona.
Emilia: I am glad I have found this napkin.This was her first remembrance from the Moor,My wayward husband hath a hundred timesWooed me to steal it, but she so loves the token—For he conjured her she should ever keep it—That she reserves it evermore about herTo kiss and talk to. I’ll ha’ the work ta’en out,And give’t Iago. What he will do with it,Heaven knows, not I.I nothing, but to please his fantasy. (III.iii.294-303)Emilia steals the handkerchief from Desdemona for Iago to use for his own purposes and remains silent while Desdemona frantically searches for it. What does Emilia’s silence represent in regards to Iago’s character? Emilia’s silence represents the strong manipulative power Iago holds to make others see what they want to see and not see it as suspicious.
“Poor and content is rich, and rich enough;But riches fineless is as poor as winterTo him that ever fears he shall be poor.”This quote is an example of what literary device? Paradox The quote says if you are poor but happy, then you are rich, but infinite riches mean nothing if you are living in fear of being poor
Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,Is the immediate jewel of their souls.Who steals my purse steals trash. ‘Tis something, nothing:’Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands.But he that filches from me my good nameRobs me of that which not enriches himAnd makes me poor indeed.This quote shows an example of what literary device? Metaphor, comparing reputation to the most precious possession we have.
I will in Cassio’s lodging lose this napkinAnd let him find it. Trifles light as airAre to the jealous confirmations strongAs proofs of holy writ. This may do something.The Moor already changes with my poison.Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisonsWhich at the first are scarce found to distaste,But with a little act upon the bloodBurn like the mines of sulfur.This quote from Iago reveals what?What does Iago compare ideas to? In this soliloquy, Iago reveals how he will advance his plan to get revenge on Othello. He will take the handkerchief and place it in Cassio’s room for him to find, further incriminating him. This small piece of circumstantial evidence will be enough to convince Othello of Desdemona’s infidelity because he already so consumed with jealousy, it will only take a slight bit of evidence to fully convince him. Iago compares ideas to poisons, when you first hear them they “taste” like trivial things but when they allowed to fester in your mind they unleash their deadly hidden poison.