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Othello Act 2 and 3 Questions

Why did Iago want Roderigo to anger Cassio?
Because he was still angry that Cassio was appointed lieutenant instead of him.

What was the puropse of Iago’s plan?
To get revenge against Othello for not promoting him.

Why did Iago want Cassio to drink more wine?
He wanted him to be drunk when Roderigo came to talk to him.

What lie did Iago tell Montana about Cassio?
He told him that Cassio had a drinking problem.

Why did Othello strip Cassio of his rank?
Because he thought that Cassio was not fit for the position and he thought that something might have been going on with Cassio and Desdemona.

Why did Iago want Cassio to ask Desdemona for help in restoring Othello’s faith in Cassio?
Because then Othello would start to wonder if Iago was right about the affair.

Why didn’t Iago simply tell Othello right away that Desdemona and Cassio were having an affair?
Because he wanted Othello to come to his own conclusion, therefore making the story more believable. Instead, he opted to just plant the seed of thought.

What thing did Emilia find and give to Iago? What did Iago intend to do with it?
Handkerchief; to give it to Cassio to plant in his apartment.

What was Iago’s reply when Othello demanded proof of his wife’s disloyalty?
He said he’d spoken too soon. He still believed that it might be true, however. He claimed that he just saw Cassio swipe a handerkerchief and that Cassio says Desdemona’s name in his sleep.

What does Othello decide and command at the end of Scene 3?
He decices to kill Cassio and Desdemona and appoint Cassio as his new lieutenant.

What was Emilia’s relationship with Iago? Desdemona?
Iago was her husband who doesn’t treat her very well; Desdemona was her “maid”.

Who had the handkerchief at the end of Act 3? Why?
Biano, the prostitute; Cassio gave it to her.

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