Othello's Soliloquy: Analysis


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In Othello's soliloquy in Act 5, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Othello, what does Othello see as the 'cause' of Desdemona's impending death?

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1. In Othello's soliloquy in Act 5, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Othello, Othello makes further justification for Desdemona's death by saying 'Yet she must die, else _____.'

2. In Othello's soliloquy in Act 5, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Othello, what two lights does Othello mean when he says, 'Put out the light, and then put out the light.'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these assessments to assess your ability to remember the words of various characters and to comprehend the meaning of the language used in the different soliloquies in Othello.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessments will test your knowledge of:

  • Emilia's comment after learning of Othello's actions
  • The cause of Desdemona's impending death according to Othello
  • The meaning of the phrase 'Put out the light, and then put out the light'

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question regarding the phrase Othello uses to further justify Desdemona's death
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Othello's soliloquy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what this phrase, 'they are cruel tears', means when spoken by Othello

Additional Learning

Extend your understanding of Othello by completing the lesson titled Othello's Soliloquy: Analysis. The covered objectives include:

  • Review the thoughts behind Othello's actions
  • Define soliloquy
  • Understand the parallels between Hamlet and Othello