Othello Quizzes

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Test your knowledge of William Shakespeare's Othello by taking an eNotes quiz! Created and approved by high school teachers, each eNotes quiz is multiple choice and includes questions on plot points, themes, and character traits. eNotes quizzes can be taken online or printed for classroom use.

  • Othello Overview
    Othello Overview by enotes

    Jealousy and manipulation are at the heart of this tragedy. Be sure you recall the details of how a great love turns to terrible murder by taking the Othello overview quiz from eNotes.

  • Othello Act 1 Scene 1
    Othello Act 1 Scene 1 by enotes

    Mondays... am I right? Imagine you are Brabantio. First you get one piece of bad news, then another! What's a wealthy politician to do when your daughter defies you and your underlings are running amok? Making matters worse is that the once-trustworthy Iago is behind the scenes, seething with anger about a perceived wrong and plotting revenge. Be sure you understand how Act 1, Scene 1 of Othello sets the foundation for the tragedy that is to come by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Othello Act 2 Scene 1
    Othello Act 2 Scene 1 by enotes

    Although he is called "Honest Iago" often, and ironically, by Othello, Act 2, Scene 1 of the play proves the moniker is a false one; "Cunning" might do it, but "Evil" seems more fitting. Iago has his hooks into everyone in this scene, baiting them all into stirring up trouble while keeping his own hands clean. Roderigo and Cassio are his victims here, by they are just pawns as Iago moves towards destroying his real enemy, Othello. Be sure you understand how Iago is constructing his schemes by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Act 2, Scene 1 of Othello. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Othello Act 3 Scene 1
    Othello Act 3 Scene 1 by enotes

    “Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked," Machiavelli warned. It's too bad Iago had already checked out The Prince from the local Venetian library, because Cassio could really have learned a thing or two about manipulation, as could several of the other characters caught in Iago's manipulative web. Be sure you understand this tangle of intentions by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Act 3, Scene 1 of Othello. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try below!

  • Othello Act 4 Scene 1
    Othello Act 4 Scene 1 by enotes

    Othello may very well possess a great military mind but in matters of the heart, he's easily fooled. Misinformation, planted "proof" and deliberate lies are part and parcel of Iago's plot, and Othello falls for all of it. No one is above suspicion in Othello's mind, except, ironically, the perpetrator of the lies. Be sure you understand how Iago is using Othello and other characters to his evil ends by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Act 4, Scene 1 of Othello. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Othello Act 1 Scene 2
    Othello Act 1 Scene 2 by enotes

    "Our distrust is very expensive, " Ralph Waldo Emerson warned. And so it will be for Othello as he trusts the wrong person and doubts the innocent. In Act 1, Scene 2, Iago is carefully baiting his trap, luring Othello to a false sense of trust and sowing the seeds of doubt in the general. Iago, however, does not limit his manipulation to Othello. For his plan to really work, he must cause discord and mistrust among others close to him. Test your knowledge of Iago's twisted schemes with eNotes' quiz to Othello Act 1, Scene 2. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Othello Act 1 Scene 3
    Othello Act 1 Scene 3 by enotes

    Guess who's coming to dinner? This is not a game the Duke of Venice is particularly interested in playing. His daughter, Desdemona, has wedded someone who, while accomplished, is not up to his standards for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons is a father's feeling that no one is good enough for his little girl, but there is more than that going on here. Make sure you have a good grasp of the characters and events that are the foundation of Othelllo by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz over Act 1, Scene 1. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try below!

  • Othello Act 2 Scenes 2 and 3
    Othello Act 2 Scenes 2 and 3 by enotes

    "A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues," Plutarch observed. Once someone figures out what your chief weakness is, that person can exploit it. Unfortunately for Cassio, Iago has discovered his vice. While Cassio isn't Iago's primary target, he is a most necessary liaison to the person who is: Othello. Iago will have revenge for the wrongs he feels have been done him, and if innocents must be used, so be it. For Iago, the ends justify the means. Be sure you understand Iago's motivations by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Act 2, Scene 2 of Othello. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try!

  • Othello Act 3 Scenes 2 and 3
    Othello Act 3 Scenes 2 and 3 by enotes

    Psychologists say that manipulation works on four fronts: fear, guilt, hype, and moralism. It seems that Iago is firing on all cylinders as he customizes his approach for each person in his sights. And since none of the people he manipulates are aware of his ill intentions at all, they are more susceptible to his deceit and control. Be sure you understand whose strings Iago is pulling and why by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Othello Act 3, Scenes 2-3. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Othello Act 3 Scene 4
    Othello Act 3 Scene 4 by enotes

    When Emilia tells her husband, "I have a thing for you," Iago makes sport of the comment. Would that it were only a sexually-tinged inference. Emilia does indeed have a "thing" for her husband, who is frequently and ironically called "Honest Iago" by his boss, Othello. But the "thing" Emilia is about to relinquish is no joke; in fact, it is the physical item that propels the tragedy. Be sure that you are following the twists and turns of Act 3, Scene 4 of Othello by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz below. Each of its questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try!

  • Othello Act 4 Scene 2
    Othello Act 4 Scene 2 by enotes

    If the definition of stupid is knowing the truth, seeing the truth, but still believing the lies, Othello isn't very bright, even if he is a high-ranking military officer. His trust is misplaced. He believes those he shouldn't and distrusts those who have never given him reason to suspect their loyalty. Othello may think he is the puppet master, but he is not the one pulling the strings. Be sure you understand who is lying and who is being honest by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Othello Act 4, Scene 2. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Othello Act 4 Scene 3
    Othello Act 4 Scene 3 by enotes

    Act 4, Scene 3 has the two main ingredients of a good country song: love and betrayal. Poor Desdemona actually does croon about her misfortunes in this scene. Her BFF isn't being so "best" and her husband is being aloof and weird, to say the least. What is the daughter of a wealthy politician who has defied her father to do? Be sure you understand the conundrum Desdemona is in and the actions of the other characters in this scene by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Othello Act 4, Scene 3. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try!

  • Othello Act 5 Scene 1
    Othello Act 5 Scene 1 by enotes

    People gettin' stabbed, people gettin' dead. Two guesses who is responsible for both: Iago. This treacherous turncoat has escalated his betrayals and lies resulting in the escalation of the tragedy. Roderigo is his pawn; so is Cassio. But this is no friendly game of chess. Deaths come because of Iago's words as well as by his hand. Be sure you understand who-kills-whom and why by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Act 5, Scene 1 of Othello. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Othello Act 5 Scene 2
    Othello Act 5 Scene 2 by enotes

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies," Groucho Marx said. While Othello isn't exactly engaging in politics, he is indeed looking for trouble, finding it, coming to an erroneous conclusion, and crafting some deadly remedies. Desdemona cannot answer his accusations as she has no idea what he is talking about. But it's too late. Othello had made up his mind regardless of her replies anyway. Be sure you understand how this tragedy came to pass by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Act 5, Scene 2 of Othello. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try!

  • Othello in Othello
    Othello in Othello by enotes

    “Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage," Paul Valéry warned. This truism goes to the heart of the character of Othello and informs the tragedy that is to befall him. Othello is a brave and powerful man. He misplaces trust and makes a fatal error. Be sure you understand the nuances of one of Shakespeare's most notorious characters by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Othello in Othello. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Iago in Othello
    Iago in Othello by enotes

    “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak, " Sun Tzu advises in The Art of War. This might be Iago's personal motto. He has to keep his boss, Othello, happy while he simultaneously tries to destroy him. But he can't attack the general directly; he has to take him down by destroying those both closest to him and under him. Be sure you understand how and why Iago is betraying his boss by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Iago in Othello. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try!

  • Desdemona in Othello
    Desdemona in Othello by enotes

    Don't dismiss Desdemona as just a good-but-not-very-bright-girl who gets duped. In fact, Desdemona is one of Shakespeare's most interesting female characters. Pains are taken to describe how dutiful she is, yet she defies her powerful father to marry the man she loves. However, she is not flawless. For example, Desdemona knows Iago is “a most profane and liberal counsellor” but she lets down her guard and trusts him as "Honest Iago," as does her husband. Be sure you understand the nuances of this complex, doomed character by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz on the character of Desdemona in Othello. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Cassio in Othello
    Cassio in Othello by enotes

    Aristotle observed that “youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.” Perhaps this is the reason poor Cassio is so gullible. Although he has scored some impressive accomplishments in his military career, he is still young and therefore a target for the older and jaded Iago. Iago plays on Cassio's trust and weakness to get what he wants: revenge. Be sure you understand the character Cassio in Othello by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try!

  • Emilia in Othello
    Emilia in Othello by enotes

    Oh, Emilia. You just aren't a very good person, are you? While you are close to Desdemona, you do not have her best interests at heart. As a wife, your morals are suspect. Even your job skills could use some polishing. It would be tempting to dismiss you as a character of questionable morals, but your shortcomings are an integral component in the tragedy. Be sure you understand Emilia's actions and their consequences by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz on Emilia in Othello. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!

  • Brabantio in Othello
    Brabantio in Othello by enotes

    Brabantio. A man of position and power. A man with a daughter. A man who will use his position and power to try to protect that daughter. So when his beloved little girl goes against his wishes, Brabantio is displeased, to say the least. While his role in this play is not especially large, Brabantio is an important factor in the tragedy that is to come. Be sure you understand this character by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz on Brabantio in Othello. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try!

  • Roderigo in Othello
    Roderigo in Othello by enotes

    Desdemona might be compared to the cheerleader all the guys want. And like a cheerleader, some guys have a better shot than others. Othello is going to get her, Cassio wants her, and Roderigo is like the nerd with no chance, but his crush makes him vulnerable to Iago's manipulations. Roderigo is a pawn in Iago's deadly game of chess, but even a pawn is important in winning (or losing) the game. Be sure you understand the character of Roderigo in Othello by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz. Each of our questions is ranked so that you can understand the level of difficulty and see how your score compares with others who have also taken this quiz. Give it a try below!