Othello: Act II & III

choler irascibility; anger; wrath; irritability
knave a dishonest or unscrupulous man
herald an official messenger bringing news
nuptial of or relating to marriage or weddings
baseness a lack of moral principles; bad character
frank used to say that someone is speaking or writing in a very direct and honest way
sibyl a woman in ancient times supposed totter the oracles and prophecies of a god; a prophetess
their fleet was destroyed in a storm What has happened to the army’s opponents? (Act II)
defeat of the Turks, Othello’s marriage What is being celebrated? (Act II)
Cassio Who does Iago sabotage in scene 2? (Act II)
he gets him drunk How does Iago sabotage Cassio? (Act II)
Cassio and Roderigo – Iago makes Roderigo think that Desdemona is in love with Cassio Who does the fight START out with? Why? (Act II)
Montano – he tries to stop it but fails Who gets involved in the fight? Why? (Act II)
Othello breaks it up How is the fight resolved? (Act II)
Othello Who is Iago upset with and who does he want to sabotage? (Act II)
make Othello think that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio What is Iago’s new sabotage plan? (Act II)
he plans on using Emilia (his wife) How will Iago achieve his new plan? (Act II)
so that he can talk to Desdemona Why does Cassio want to talk to Emilia in scene i? (Act III)
she promises that she’ll try her best to help him get his position back What does Desdemona promise Cassio she will do for him? (Act III)
Desdemona may be cheating on him What does Iago warn Othello about in scene iii? (Act III)
that Desdemona may deceive Othello just as she did to her father In scene iii, Iago makes reference to a warning that Brabantio made in the beginning of the play. What is it? (Act III)
the handkerchief is the first thing Othello gave to her Why is the handkerchief significant to Desdemona? (Act III)
he is convinced that Desdemona is cheating on him because Iago says he saw Cassio wiping his beard with the handkerchief Of what is Othello convinced by the end of scene iii? (Act III)
he vows to kill Cassio and Desdemona What does Othello vow to do at the end of scene iii? (Act III)
a women gave it to Othello’s mother and told her that is she kept it, his father would lover her, but if she lost it, his father would loathe her; Othello’s mother told him to give it to his wife To Othello, what is the significance of the handkerchief? (Act III)
Othello – a way to assure himself that if Desdemona lies about the little things she lies about the big things; Desdemona – a trick for Othello to take her mind off of what she asked him to do for Cassio How does Othello understand the conversation he and Desdemona have about the handkerchief? How does Desdemona understand the conversation? (Act III)
men are like stomachs and women are food; once men get full, they vomit women up How does Emilia feel about men? (Act III)
she gets jealous and thinks that Cassio got the handkerchief from another woman What does Bianca think when she finds the handkerchief? (Act III)

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