Othello Study Guide

What information does Iago provide about Michael Cassio in Act 1 Scene 1 lines 17-35? Iago describes Cassio as being Othello’s new but undeserving lieutenant. He says Cassio has little experience and unlike Iago, never fought in battle.
Of what Barbantio accuse Othello in Act 1 Scene 2 lines 80-100? Barbantio accuses Othello of suducing Desdemona with “drugs or minerals” because he feels if she was not drugged, she would never love Othello.
What is ironic about the Duke’s words in Act 1 Scene 3 lines 78-83? The Duke begins talking to Barbantio saying that whoever has taken his young daughter from him will be killed and then is immediately defending Othello and changing his mind when he fins out it is Othello.
Why does Desdemona fall in love with Othello? Cite quotes. Ex 1 “I saw Othello’s visage in his mind” 1.3.287 Ex 2″And to his honors and his valiant parts. Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate” 1.3.287
What is ironic about Othello’s word in Act 1 Scene 3 lines 321-326? He is so unaware about Iago’s secret plan to spit up him and Desdemona.
How does Iago manipulate Roderigo? Ex 1″Rouse him.””Put money in thy purse””Farewell for I must leave you”
According to his words in Act 2 Scene 1, what is Iago’s opinion of women? Iago believes that a women’s purpose is to take care for the house. He feels they are to be quite and not speak up. He also feels that they are unfaithful.
Why does Othello arrive in Cyprus after Iago and Cassio? Othello’s ship was caught in a storm (the storm is what ended the war).
How does Iago manipulate Roderigo in Act 2 Scene 2? Iago explains/convinces Roderigo that Desdemona is in love with Cassio, this makes his rumor of them having an affair in his plan more believable.
What instructions does Iago give Roderigo in Act 2 Scene 1 lines 285-291? He tells Roderigo to fight Cassio. This will result in Cassio loosing his spot as lieutenant.
What do we find out about Iago and his intentions in Act 2 Scene 1 lines 321-337? Iago is also plotting against Othello because he thinks Othello had an affair with Emilia. Also he is going to use jealousy to crack Othello.
What do we find out about Cassio in Act 2 Scene 2 lines 34-37 and 40-43? How does Iago use this information to his own advantage? We find out that Cassio is a mad/angry drunk and when he begins to drink he is unable to stop. Iago uses this by plotting to get Cassio drunk and angry and he will want to fight Roderigo.
How does Iago try to influence Montano in Act 2 Scene 3 lines 125-136? He tells Montano that Cassio is a secret drunk. He explains that is is really not good and how Cassio is often drunk.
Describe what happens in Act 2 Scene 3 among Roderigo, Montano, and Cassio. Cassio being drunk and mad, when confronted by Roderigo about his duty, gets mad and hits him. Montano get involved when trying to help the situation.
How does Iago both lie and tell the truth in Act 2 Scene 3 lines 235-261? Iago does in fact tell Othello what has happened but his choice of leaving out certain details changes the story to look as if he is completely innocent and uninvolved.
How does Othello punish Cassio? Cite a quote. Othello takes away Cassio’s title.” Cassio, I love thee but never more be officer of mine.-” 2.3.264-265
What point does Iago make to Cassio about reputation in Act 2 Scene 3? Iago tells Cassio that reputation does not matter as much he thinks it does and it is temporary.
What advice does Iago give to Cassio in Act 2 Scene 3? Iago tells Cassio to get close to Desdemona for she will be able to indirectly get his job back. This is to help Iago’s Plan.
What does Emilia tell Cassio in Act 3 Scene 1 lines 46-56? Emilia tells Cassio that Desdemona is standing up for you and that Othello still does respect and love you and will attempt to get you your spot back, but had to do what he did for his honor.
What is Casiso afraid of in Act 3 Scene 2 lines 5-20? Cassio is fearful that Othello will forget his good deeds and service to him. He also fears that Othello will remember nothing but what Cassio did wrong.
What does Othello say about jealousy in Act 3 Scene 3 lines 207-223? Othello is saying to Iago that he does not let jealousy ge to him but in this situation he will have an open mind about the accusations that Iago has for Desdemona and Cassio.
Why does Iago suggest to Othello in Act 3 Scene 3 lines 228-236? Iago is suggesting that Othello should not make any rash conclusions yet, but look more inattentively into the suspicious situation of Desdemona and Cassio.This puts doubt and suspicion in the back of Othello’s mind
How does Iago further provoke Othello in Act 3 Scene 3 lines 467-482? Iago makes up that he has heard Cassio dreaming and moaning for Desdemona as if they have had an affair.
What does Iago vow at the end of Act 3 Scene 3? Iago vows that any revende Othello wants to take, he will help him with.
What is the importance, in the play Othello, of the handkerchief? the play…It is a major part of Iago’s Plan.to othello…it is cherished by him, and seen as a token of his and Desdemona’s love
What does Desdemona tell Cassio in Act 3 Scene 4 lines 140-150? Desdemona says Othello is being strange and pdd. so for now she has done all she can to get Cassio his title back.
Why does Cassio give Bianca the handkerchief? He gives it to her for her to remake it so he may have one of his own.
What does Iago say about Bianca in Act 4 Scene 1 lines 110-116? He says she is a prostitute that loves Cassio and when talked about makes him laugh.
Why does Cassio think its funny she Iago suggests he marry Bianca? Cite a quote. “I marry (her)? What, a customer?’ 138He finds it funny because she is a prostitute ad he laughs at the thought of him marrying someone like that.
What is Iago’s plan for Desdemona and Cassio? Iago will talk to Casio about Bianca with Othello watching them from afar but he will think it is about Desdemona and see Cassio smiling and laughing.
What does Lodovico bring? That Othelllo must return to Venice and Cassio will take over his spot in Cyprus.
Why does Othello slap Desdemona? Othello is furious for he believes Desdemona has cheated with Cassio and is mad when she continues to ask for Cassio.
Summarize Othello’s speech in Act 4 Scene 2 lines 57-74. Othello says he could have taken any other obstacle from God better than an disloyal wife for he is now a joke.
Why is Roderigo upset with Iago? He feels he has been cheated1. he stole from him2. he is always lied to
How does Iago convince Roderigo to assist in killing Cassio? He says if Othello needs extends his time in Cyprus he can not take Desdemona away form Roderigo.
In the beginning of Act 4 Scene 3 what unusual commands does Othello give Desdemona? To go into their bed tonight without Emilia being there.
What does Emilia talk about at the end of Act 4. That men are always behind a women’s cheating.
How would Iago gain from Roderigo’s death? Cassios? ?
What happened when Cassio and Roderigo fought? Roderigo tried stabbing Cassio.Cassio stabbed Roderigo.Iago secretly stabbed Cassio.
What did Iago do after he wounded Cassio? Ran away and returned as if he was innocent and unaware of the situation.
How was Desdemona faithful to Othello to the end? She told Emilia is was her who killed herself not Othello.
What was Emilia’s reaction when Othello told her that Iago revealed Desdeona’s affair with Cassio to him? she did not believe her husband would make up such a lie.
Who told the ruth about Iago? Emilia.
What happened to Othello, Iago, and Cassio in the end? Othello…Killed himselfIago…Taken to tortureCassio…Leaves with Lodovico