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Support the development of close reading skills with this worksheet composed of challenging questions designed to help high school students analyze Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello. With a focus on Act 5, scene 2, this resource saves teachers valuable time at home without sacrificing academic rigor in the classroom. An answer key is provided. Materials are delivered as printable PDFs and Word Documents. More specifically, students will be able to:

  • Articulate what the text says explicitly and implicitly
  • Write with clarity and precision
  • Cite specific, relevant textual evidence in support of a claim or idea
  • Articulate what Othello’s dialogue reflects about his psychological state
  • Articulate how Othello rationalizes his decision to murder Desdemona
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including internal conflict, allusion, epiphany, assonance, and double denotation
  • Articulate how Desdemona is different from a candle, according to Othello
  • Analyze the text to discern how Othello demonstrates some degree of mercy on Desdemona
  • Define complex words or phrases in context
  • Verify interpretations using reference materials including a dictionary or thesaurus