Symbols & Symbolism in Othello


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Which of the following is the definition of symbol?

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1. Why is a metaphor not necessarily a symbol?

2. Why do authors use symbols in literature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and printable worksheet will test your understanding of symbolism in William Shakespeare's Othello. To pass this quiz, make sure you've studied the uses of symbolism in literature, how symbols differ from other literary devices, and the most important symbols used in the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The definition of symbolism
  • Difference between symbols and metaphors
  • How symbolism is used in Othello

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as metaphor and symbol
  • Making connections - understand why authors might opt to use symbols in their work
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to identify the symbols associated with the character Iago

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Symbols & Symbolism in Othello. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about literary devices in Othello
  • Examine how authors use symbolism in their work
  • Define symbolism using examples