Irony in Othello: Dramatic & Verbal


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In William Shakespeare's Othello, which of the following is an example of dramatic irony?

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1. In William Shakespeare's Othello how does Othello's murder of Desdemona reflect the idea of dramatic irony?

2. In William Shakespeare's Othello, which of the following is an example of verbal irony?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Shakespeare makes extensive use of irony throughout Othello. This worksheet/quiz combination tests you on the types of irony the Bard uses in the play and the purposes they serve.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions test on:

  • The purpose of dramatic irony
  • Type of irony shown in a quote of Othello's
  • Examples of verbal and dramatic irony

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Othello to explain and identify examples of dramatic and verbal irony
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about the type of irony reflected in Othello's quote to Desdemona, 'Why? What art thou?'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the type of irony demonstrated when Othello murders his wife

Additional Learning

If you would like to examine this topic in greater detail, access the lesson titled Irony in Othello: Dramatic & Verbal. By the end of the lesson, you should meet these objectives:

  • Explain why Shakespeare's plays can be difficult for modern readers
  • Describe how Shakespeare injects irony into Othello
  • Discuss how an understanding of irony can lead to a deeper appreciation of this play