This product consists of 35 multiple choice questions thoroughly exploring plot, characterization, themes, rhetorical devices and style in Act 5 Scene 1 of 'Othello'.
* test comprehension at low, middle and higher orders,
* are intended to ensure that students are completely comfortable with the text of
* can be used in a formal context as a test/examination,
* but are probably more useful as an informal open-book extension activity.
This exercise only takes about 30 to 50 minutes but it is a rigorous tool to ascertain knowledge and insight.
I have found that my students need guidance in drawing conclusions about characters or themes in Shakespeare because of the richness of the imagery. Here the multiple choice format helps students by modeling a way to formulate ideas from the text of the play. As they choose from a range of answers they can see how it's done. This is learning by problem solving.
Answers are provided but some of the higher order questions can be fairly open or even downright provocative. Hopefully this will stimulate lots of lively discussion and debate.
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