The following twenty-page study guide provides students guiding questions while they read Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello." The questions vary in difficulty, but they encourage students to not only simply recall comprehension questions about plot but also infer how Shakespeare builds drama and suspense and indirectly characterizes his characters. Other assessed literary concepts include conflict, costume, diction, dramatic irony, dynamic vs. static characterization, foils, foreshadowing, imagery, irony, monologues, motifs, setting, situational irony, symbolism, themes, tone, and tragic flaws. There are two pages for each act. This packet can be used by itself or as a formative assessment to prepare students for the summative assessment of quizzes or a test. A journal question that is thematically similar to events in that act prepares students for what they are about to read.
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