Othello, The Moor of Venice


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In Shakespeare's Othello, to what does the term 'The Moor' make reference?

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1. In Shakespeare's Othello, what about the city of Venice, Italy would likely have made Othello even more conspicuous?

2. What does the term 'Other' mean?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The effect of racial denigration in the Othello is one of the lesser discussed concepts present in the play. Check your knowledge of the character who is victim to this by completing these assessments. The quiz and worksheet focus on how others label him and treat him and the effects this treatment has on him.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Why Othello's presence in Venice, Italy is conspicuous
  • The purpose of the repetition of the term 'Other' in reference to Othello
  • What the term 'The Moor' is a reference to

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the key term 'Other'
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify how the treatment from others regarding his race affected Othello
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the character of color from Othello

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Othello, The Moor of Venice will teach you more about the experiences of the character of color in the Shakespeare text, Othello. Objectives covered include:

  • Understand the connotation of the word Moor
  • Review the meaning of othering
  • Know about the ways Othello was insulted due to his race