Exam Centre: Othello


Some quick revsion of the main parts of the plot courtesy of Sparknotes


Character analysis

Some key passages explained


Download the Othello in Offaly podcasts here or from itunes


Key Soliloquys

Act I, Scene III (Line 375+)


Act II, Scene III (315+)


Useful quotes:


Answering Leaving Cert Questions on Othello

Twenty questions to consider when answering a question on Othello

  1. Have I read the question carefully and underlined the key words?
  2. Am I clear on what the question is actually asking me?
  3. Have I come up with some alternatives to the key words?
  4. Do I agree or disagree with the views expressed in the question? To what extent?
  5. Have I used a brainstorm to generate 6 – 8 points that I can use in my answer?
  6. Have I numbered these points/paragraphs so that they are in a logical order?
  7. Have I assigned 2 -4 quotations per paragraph that I can use to back up the points that I make?
  8. Have I included an opening paragraph that addresses the question in a general sense, as well as using the key word(s) from the question?
  9. Have I included a topic sentence close to the beginning of each paragraph that makes clear the point that I intend to make in that paragraph?
  10. Does each paragraph deal with one point comprehensively?
  11. Is each point/paragraph relevant to the question asked?
  12. Have I included 2 –4 quotations per point/paragraph in my answer?
  13. Are the quotations/references used appropriately to back up the point that I am making?
  14. Have I avoided needless irrelevant summarising of the play itself?
  15. Have I used the key words from the question and/or their alternatives in the majority of paragraphs?
  16. Have I made sure that each point/paragraph is clearly connected (through connecting words/ phrases/ sentences) with the question?
  17. Have I included link words or sentences to connect the paragraphs where possible?
  18. Have I referred to seeing the play being performed at any stage in my answer?
  19. Have I included a closing paragraph where I’ve summarised the points I’ve made, as well as referred clearly back to the question; and concluded on a particular point of view in relation to the question?
  20. Have I given clear evidence of personal engagement with the play throughout my answer and particularly in the closing paragraph?


*Sample character question and answer here*

*Sample theme question and answer here*






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