Othello Test

Where was Shakespeare born and when? 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Describe the political climate, and the source of political tension, during Shakespeare’s life and explain its influence on Shakespeare. -During Shakespeare’s time, Queen Elizabeth I was at the beginning of her rule, a time of extreme religious conflict-Before Shakespeare was born, the Tudor family ruled England and changed the religion from Catholic to Protestant, and then back to Catholic, causing great conflict
Who were Shakspeare’s parents? -Shakespeare’s father was John Shakespeare, a glove-maker-His mother was Mary Shakespeare. -They were farmers, but were not content with the farming lifestyle so they decided to leave the country and move to Stratford.-John became a master glover and the family was able to afford a nice house before Shakespeare was born. -John was elected into the town council on July 4th, 1565, and was elected the mayor of Stratford in 1569.
How was Shakespeare raised and educated? When did he go to school? -William began attending school in 1571, where he would sit in a classroom all day and learn Latin and practice memorization. -Four of William’s teachers were other religions than Protestant, making it a controversial environment at that time. -At school, the boys performed plays.
John Shakespeare, criminal? Explain. -John Shakespeare can be considered a criminal because he was apart of an illegal wool dealing where he would deal between 5,000 and 6,000 pounds of wool. -He also would loan money to people with an extremely large amount of interest.
Coventry mystery plays and their influence on Shakespeare as a young boy? The Coventry Mystery Plays or Coventry Corpus Christi Pageants are a cycle of miracle plays, of which only two survive.
Shakespeare’s education after age nine? -After the age of nine, Shakespeare attended the big school where he was introduced to poetry.-Since he did not have religion, he replaced it with poetry.
The Shakespeare’s money troubles when William was twelve? Relevance? -When William was twelve, his father’s business collapsed and his parents began to sell their property and their son’s inheritance. -The wool industry entered a recession, leaving John Shakespeare unemployed and causing him to step down from his position as the mayor. -Due to this, William was taken out of school at age 14.
Describe Edmund Campion’s arrival at Dover and his influence on Shakespeare. -Edmund Campion was the leader of jesuits and was sent to Dover by the pope. -In Dover he was dressed in disguise, but he was interrogated by the secret police
Shakespeare in love? Discuss his relationship with Anne Hathaway. How old was she? Why did they marry? When did they marry? Who married them? Shakespeare’s first Sonnet? -Anne Hathaway was about nine years older than Shakespeare. -There is not much known information about Anne Hathaway. -The two married on November 30, 1582. Shakespeare’s first Sonnet is addressed to Anne.
William Shakespeare, criminal? Explain. Shakespeare was beaten and put in jail after poaching one of Sir Thomas Lucy’s deers.
Discuss the 26th of October in Warwickshire and the aftermath, and its impact on Shakespeare? -On the 26th of October John Summerville announced to everyone at the inn that Queen Elizabeth was a heretic and he was going to London to assassinate her. -The government found out that the Arden family was planning to kill the queen so they turned to Sir Thomas Lucy. -Sir Thomas Lucy issued a warrant for the Arden family’s arrest, and for anyone related to them’s houses to be searched.
The Lost Years in Lancashire -Under the identity William Shakeshaft, Shakespeare spent ten years in Lancashire where he lived and worked at the Houghton tower. -It is thought that he may have been a teacher in Lancashire for catholic children who weren’t allowed to attend protestant grammar school.
Describe Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare’s career as an actor. -During the Elizabethan era, all the actors were male. -There were very few props used and there was seating for the different social classes, having different priced tickets. -Shakespeare acted in many of his own plays.
The influence and importance of King James I. King James I was a patron of William Shakespeare and a great supporter of the arts and drama. Shakespeare’s company was known as the King’s Players.
ACT 3″Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless /Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds,” Othello says in Act III, scene iii, ll. 244-45. Who is the “honest creature” and how does this speech confirm Othello’s emotional decline?
ACT 3As Emilia prepares her mistress’s wedding bed, Desdemona talks of her mother’s servant Barbary who was forsaken by a mad lover, 4.3.25ff; then she and Emilia talk about whether they would be unfaithful to their husbands or not (4.3.60ff). What is the significance of this conversation?
ACT 3″I do beseech you, / Though I perchance am vicious in my guess–/As, I confess, it is my nature’s plague / To spy in to abuses, and (oft) my jealousy / Shapes faults that are not”
ACT 3″Trifles light as air ware to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.”
ACT 3″They are all but stomachs, and we all but food; They eat us hungrily, and when they are full they belch us.”
ACT 2″My soul hath her content so absolute / That none other comfort like to this / Succeeds in unknown fate.”
ACT 2″If I can fasten but one cup upon him…”
ACT 2″O, you are well tuned now, / But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music, / As honest as I am.”
ACT 2″But partly led to diet my revenge / For that I do suspect the lusty Moor / Hath leaped into my seat—the thought whereof / Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards / And nothing can or shall content my soul / Till I am evened with him, wife for wife”
ACT 2″O, I have / lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of / myself, and what remains is bestial”