Othello: Racism and Shakespeare


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Why is Othello unusual among Shakespeare's title characters?

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1. In Shakespeare's Othello, which of the following is NOT a reason for Iago's villainy?

2. In Shakespeare's Othello, Iago convinces Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Othello is one of Shakespeare's Four Great Tragedies, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of events and characters from the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Actions of main characters
  • Reasons for characters' actions
  • Racial issue addressed in the play

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify main characters, such as Iago and Desdemona
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the various characters' actions

Additional Learning

To learn more about this play, review the accompanying lesson called Othello: Racism and Shakespeare. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the story of Othello
  • Understand how the play addresses racial issues
  • Know important lines and characters