This is twelve-question multi-part quiz or test on the first act of my favorite Shakespeare play, Othello. It is formatted for US Letter size, is produced in Times font, and is provided in the old .doc format for maximum compatibility.
I value each question at five points: One point for identifying a character or feature at the literal level, and then remaining points are awarded for short-answer items. I also stipulate that any writing outside the given lines will not be read, but I left these specific directions off the documents for teachers to modify as they wish.
NEW: As of April 2015, a suggested answer key is included. The quiz/test also has received minor adjustments. Please note that the answers do not fill each line because they were originally made in an A4-sized document.
The test was designed for IB-level study. Parts of most questions require critical thinking skills and interpretive analysis. Aside from an obvious comprehension check, I use these tests to force students to respond precisely and concisely to very specific questions about literature. There is limited space for short-answer parts, and I use this constraint as an opportunity to teach students to (a) never restate the question, (b) think before they write, (c) get straight to the point, and (d) express their ideas with maximum clarity. It usually works, but students should have some practice beforehand with these concepts or techniques. I have found that 25 minutes is sufficient time for students to adequately do what they need to do while also managing time effectively.