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Othello by Shakespeare: Quotes and Lines, Characters and Questions and Answers

Othello by Shakespeare

Othello by William Shakespeare is a popular tragedy.

First Performed – 1604-05

First Printed – 1622

Source of the play – Hecatommithi, a collection of Tales by the Italian author Cinthio

Setting of the play – Venice and in Cyprus

Literary Genre – Tragedy



Characters from Othello


Othello – A general in Venetian military, a noble moor

Bianca – Cassio’s lover

Brabantio – Venetian senator and father of Desdemona

Cassio – Othello’s loyal and most beloved captain

Desdemona – Othello’s wife and daughter of Brabantio

Emilia – Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s maidservant

Iago – Othello’s trusted but jealous

Roderigo – Dissolute Venetian, in love with Desdemona

Duke of Venice 

Gratiano – Brabantio’s Brother




Quotes and Lines from Othello


“For she had eyes and chose me.”

“Men is rage strike those that wish them best.”

“Reputation is an idle and false imposition; oft got without   merit, and lost without deserving.”

“But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve , For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.”

“I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.”

“Men should be what they seem.”

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but degrees?” – Iago

“If after every tempest come such calms, May the winds blow till the have waken’d death!”

“What cannot be saved when fate takes, patience her injury a mockery makes”

“O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!” – Cassio

“This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven.”

“She gave me for my pains a world of sighs.”

“When remedies are past, the griefs are ended
By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended.
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,
Patience her injury a mockery makes.
The robb’d that smiles steals something for the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.”

“Demand me nothing: what you know, you know”

“It is the very error of the moon. She comes more nearer earth than she was wont. And makes men mad.”

“There are many events in the womb of time which will be delivered.”


Othello Question and Answers


1. “Look to her, Moor, if thou has eyes to see.
She has deceived her father, and may thee.” Who says this and to whom?
(a) Brabantio to Desdemona
(b) Brabantio to Othello
(c) Othello to Brabantio
(d) lago to Othello

Ans. b

2. “One that love not wisely but too well” Who is the speaker?
(a) Othello
(b) Desdemona
(c) Viola
(d) Antony

Ans. a

3. “If after every tempest came such calms, May the winds blow till they have wakened death”
Where do these lines appear?
(a) Othello
(b) Orlando
(c) Duke Orisino
(d) Sebastian

Ans. a

4. Sexual jealousy is a theme in Shakespeare’s :
(a) The Merchant of Venice
(b) The Tempest
(c) Othello
(d) King Lear

Ans. Othello

5. Who said it?
How poor are they that have not patience,
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
(a) Othello
(b) Cassio
(c) lago
(d) Desdemona

Ans. c

6. Who has been termed as motiveless malignity?
(a) Macbeth
(c) lago
(b) Othello
(d) Polonius

Ans. c

7. Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners.’
The above words form the speech of –
(a) Hamlet
(b) lago
(c) Viola
(d) Brutus

Ans. b


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