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Othello Act V Questions

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Answer 6 of the following 9 questions:

  1. In Scene 1, list two ways that Iago sheds doubt on others in order to remove it from himself.
  2. What happens when Roderigo attacks Cassio (5.1.23-27)? Who actually wounds Cassio? What does Othello assume has happened (5.1.28)? Is he correct?
  3. Describe the interaction between Iago and Bianca at the end of Scene 1.
  4. In scene 2, find an example of an allusion (allusion = brief, usually indirect reference to a person, place, or event--real or fictional—usually from classical literature or history).  Copy it into your journal.
  5. What happens to Emilia at the end of the play?

6.    What is in Roderigo's pockets that conveniently help to clarify much of what happened?

7.    What has happened to Desdemona's father (5.2.211-213)?

8.    Who gets Othello's estate? Why? (See 5.2.375-377)

9.    Is Iago dead at the end of the play?

Paraphrase 3 of the following quotations:

  1. Iago:  “No, whether he kill Cassio, / Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, / Every way makes my gain” (5.1.13-15).
  2. Othello:  “ So sweet was ne’er so fatal. / I must weep, / But they are cruel tears.  This sorrow’s heavenly: / It strikes where it doth love.” (5.2.22-24)
  3. Othello:  “If you bethink yourself of any crime / Unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace / Solicit for it straight” (5.2.30-32).
  4. Othello:  “No. His mouth is stopped. / Honest Iago hath ta’en order for ‘t” (5.2.91-92).
  5. Othello:  “Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse / Of sun and moon, and that th’ affrighted globe / Should yawn at alteration” (5.2.123-125).
  6. Emilia:  “Good gentlemen, let me have leave to speak. / Tis proper I obey him, but not now. / Perchance, Iago, I will ne’er go home” (5.2.232-234).