The Role of Women in Othello


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Of the three women in Othello, which one does not die in the end?

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1. At the end of the play Othello, Desdemona and Emilia are killed by:

2. Emilia is an important character in Othello because:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this quiz and worksheet combination, check your comprehension of the role of women in Othello. To successfully pass the quiz, you will need to know which of the three women in Othello does not die, and who kills Desdemona and Emilia at the end of the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to gauge your knowledge of the following information found in Othello:

  • Why Emilia is an important character
  • How Bianca's role in the play is significant
  • Why Desdemona is the ideal Elizabethan woman

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information given about the role of women in Othello from the lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the fate of the three women at the end of the play
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the importance of each female character in Othello

Additional Learning

To learn more about the women in this play, please review the accompanying lesson called The Role of Women in Othello. This lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Examines Shakespeare's views on marriage and women in society
  • Compares and contrasts the three female characters in Othello
  • Discusses how Shakespeare was different from other writers during this time, based on how he represented women in his literary works