English 10 - Honors




Entire text of the play can be found here: 


A Doll’s House Questions

Answer the following questions with ONE PARGRAPH responses on your own sheet of paper.

. What is the relationship between Mrs. Linde's arrival and Nora's awakening and transformation?

 2. In Act One, Mrs. Linde describes Nora as “a child.” Is this assessment of Nora's state of development valid?

 3. What does Torvald's fascination with beauty and appearances imply about his personality? Do his attitudes change at all over the course of the play?

 4. Compare Nora and Krogstad. Are there any similarities between them, especially as far as their relationship to society is concerned?

 5. How do the characters in A Doll's House use the words “free” and “freedom”? Do different speakers use the terms differently? Do they take on different connotations over the course of the play?


MLA Position Paper         

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 A formal, completely researched documented essay demonstrating student’s mastery of investigation, documentation, and argumentation.   Students will show evidence of pre-writing, rough drafts w/revisions highlighted, and final draft with cover page.

Due Dates of Individual Parts:


A Days

Rough Copies of Precis, Outline, and Works Cited –                        Friday, April 17

Rough Copy of Essay –                                                                  Thursday, April 23

Final Copy –                                                                                    Monday, April 27


B Days

Rough Copies of Precis, Outline, and Works Cited –                     Monday, April 20

Rough Copy of Essay –                                                                      Friday, April 24

Final Copy –                                                                                    Tuesday, April 28


Paper length:  Minimum 4 pages

Font: Times New Roman, 12 point font


Topic: Review the attached sheets to view essay topics.

Overall Format: MLA (Modern Language Association)

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Email: Jennifer_loomis@sarasota.k12.fl.us



Topic Choices

 1.    Compare and contrast your three novels. Look at elements such as length, topic, style of writing, themes, symbolism, and subject. Does your author write about similar topics in all his/her novels? Does he/she write in the same style, or include the same types of symbols?


2.    Research literature and other authors from the same time period as your author and novels. Explore how your books are alike or different from those in the same time period. Do they discuss the same types of subjects? Have similar characters? Or does your author stray from the norm or the time period? How so?


3.    Examine three main characters – one from each of your novels. What elements do you find that are similar between novels? Does your author create similar characters throughout his/her novels, or are they completely different types of people?





Reading Schedule:


Date – A Days – Reading must be done FOR this day.

Acts and Scenes


Things to look for in this section…


Friday, May 1

1.1, 1.2


First impressions; race


Tuesday, May 5


Race; femininity


Thursday, May 7

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Relationships; monsters; music; Iago


Monday, May 11

3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Monsters; deception; race; gender



Wednesday, May 13


Historical elements of women; feminine submissiveness


Friday, May 15

4.1, 4.2

Sexual images in text; gender relations



Tuesday, May 19


Importance of speech & silence in the play: feminism


Thursday, May 21

5.1, 5.2

Othello as tragic hero; images of light



Date – B Days – Reading must be done FOR this day.

Acts and Scenes


Things to look for in this section…


Monday, May 4

1.1, 1.2


First impressions; race


Wednesday, May 6


Race; femininity



Friday, May 8

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Relationships; monsters; music; Iago



Tuesday, May 12

3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Monsters; deception; race; gender




Thursday, May 14


Historical elements of women; feminine submissiveness



Monday, May 18

4.1, 4.2

Sexual images in text; gender relations



Wednesday, May 20


Importance of speech & silence in the play: feminism


Friday, May 22


5.1, 5.2


Othello as tragic hero; images of light


Honors Portfolio Project – Othello


Your portfolio must include the following items in this order.

You must put them in a three-pronged folder.

Make sure your name and period are on the front of the folder.

All items must be typed.

  1. Table of Contents
    1. Put your name, period, & date on the table of contents page.
    2. List all items, numbered, and in this order.
  1. Answers to study guide questions. One Act per page.
  1. Short Response questions & answers. Each question numbered. One paragraph answer per question.
  1. Psychiatrist Reports (three total, on separate pages)

Study Guide Questions


Act One

1.       What is Iago's complaint in Scene I?

2.      Who is Brabantio, and why does Iago and Roderigo awaken him in the middle  of the night?

3.      Why does Iago leave Roderigo at Brabantio's house?

4.       What is Roderigo’s previous relationship with Brabantio and Desdemona?

5.      What is Brabantio's reaction to Othello's marriage to Desdemona?

6.      Why does the Duke send for Othello?

7.      What danger is Cyprus facing?

8.      Brabantio complains to the Duke about Othello's marriage to Desdemona. After listening to  both sides of the story, what is the Duke's reply?

9.      What is Roderigo's complaint, and what is Iago's reply to it?

10.   Who is Othello, and why is he so respected by the Duke?

11.   What warning does Brabantio give to Othello?

12.   Othello and Desdemona have just been married.  Will they stay together or separate?

13.   What does Iago say must happen to Desdemona?

14.   Why does Iago “hate the Moor”?

15.   How would you grade Iago on racial insensitivity? 

Act Two

16.   Where are we as Act 2 begins?  What is the situation at sea?

17.   What has happened to the Turkish fleet?

18.   Which ship from Venice arrives first? 

19.   Which ship arrives second?  Why is it surprising that  it arrives before Othello’s?

20.   What does the discussion between Desdemona and Emilia tell us about their relationship?

21.   Who is Emilia?

22.   How does Cassio greet Desdemona and Emilia?

23.   Why does Iago want Roderigo to anger Cassio?

24.   What is the purpose of Iago's plan?

25.   What evidence is Iago using to rationalize his plan?  Is his evidence solid?

26.   What keeps Roderigo from seeing  the truth instead of Iago’s lies?

27.   What emotion seems to be governing Iago’s thoughts and actions?

28.   How does Iago see Desdemona, and how does Cassio see Desdemona?

29.   Why does Iago want Cassio to drink more wine?

30.   What is the outcome of Cassio’s drinking?

31.   What lie does Iago tell Montano about Cassio?

32.   Why does Othello strip Cassio of his rank?

33.   Why does Iago want Cassio to ask Desdemona for help in restoring Othello's faith in Cassio?

34.   How does Iago get back in Othello’s good graces?

35.   What is Roderigo’s complaint, and how does Iago answer it?

Act Three

36.   Why does Cassio bring musicians?  What is Othello’s response to them?

37.   What does Emilia tell Cassio that Desdemona is already doing for him?

38.   What responses do Iago and Othello have to seeing Cassio leave Desdemona?

39.   How successfully does Desdemona plead for Cassio? What is Othello's response to Desdemona as she leaves?

40.   Why doesn't Iago simply tell Othello right away that Desdemona and Cassio are having an  affair?

41.    Othello’s love for Desdemona is solid as can be seen through line 93 of Act 3, Scene 3.  Why does he become a man in “misery” by  his next speech (3.3.190).  What has moved him from love to jealousy?

42.   How can anyone provide proof of fidelity?

43.   What thing does Emilia find and give to Iago? What does Iago intend to do with it?

44.   What is Iago's reply when Othello demanded proof of his wife's disloyalty?

45.   What does Othello decide and command at the end of Scene 3 ?

46.   How likely is it that Othello will keep an open mind until he has seen real proof? How much have Iago's suggestions about Desdemona's "nature" worked on Othello?

47.   Is there any chance of his changing his mind or of Desdemona's convincing him of her innocence after this speech?

48.   What is Emilia's relationship with Iago? Desdemona?

49.   What, according to Othello, is the history of the handkerchief (3.4.53-73)? Is Othello telling the truth here? What else might he be doing?

50.   What does the argument in 3.4.75-95 show about both Othello and Desdemona?

51.    What is Emilia's view of men (3.4.99-102)? How justified is she?

52.   Who is Bianca? What is her relationship to Cassio? What does he ask her to do? What is her emotional response? Sound familiar? How does Cassio get the handkerchief?

53.   Who had the handkerchief at the end of Act  3? Why? 

Act  Four

54.   After Iago lied and told Othello that Cassio confessed going to bed with Desdemona, what advice does he give the overwhelmed Othello?

55.   What happens to Othello in Scene 1?  How does Iago respond?

56.   How does Iago trick Othello into thinking Cassio is gloating and bragging about his affair with Desdemona?

57.   Why is Bianca angry with Cassio?

58.   How does Bianca's return with the handkerchief help Iago?

59.   Why does Othello hit Desdemona?

60.   Who is Lodovico, and why has he come to Venice? 

61.   What is Lodovico's reaction to Othello's behavior towards Desdemona? How does Iago later  explain Othello's behavior to Lodovico?

62.   Why does Othello ask Emilia about Cassio's affair with Desdemona, and what is her reply?

63.   How correctly does Othello identify his weakness in Scene 2 ?

64.   To whom does Desdemona turn for help after Othello calls her a strumpet?

65.   Why does Iago tell Rodriego to kill Cassio? Why does Roderigo consent to think about it?

66.   If Roderigo kills Iago, what promise  has Iago taken care of?

67.   Give Scene 3, between Desdemona and Emilia, is it at all possible that Desdemona could ever be unfaithrul to

68.   What is the effect of the “Willow Song” and the interruptions to it?

Act  Five

69.   How would Iago gain from Roderigo's death? Cassio's?

70.   What happens when Roderigo attacks Cassio?  Who actually wounds Cassio? 

71.   What does Othello assume has happened?  Is he correct?

72.   After Bianca appears, what new part of his plot does Iago begin in Scene 1, starting at line 107?

73.   Who will get the blame for the attack on Cassio if Iago has his way?

74.   What justification does Othello try to give the murder of Desdemona in Scene 2?

75.   How does Othello kill Desdemona?  What interruption occurs while he is doing it?

76.    Whom does Desdemona blame for her death?  Does Emilia believe her?

77.   How is Desdemona faithful to Othello to the end?

78.   What happens when Iago tells  his wife not to speak and to go home, orders which good Renaissance wives should follow without question?

79.   What is Emilia’s reaction when Othello tells  her that Iago has revealed Desdemona's affair with Cassio to him?

80.   What is Othello finally beginning to realize at 5. 2.205 ?  What has happened to Desdemona’s father?

81.   Why does Othello attack Iago?

82.   What is Othello’s reaction to having his sword taken away?

83.   How does Othello use the second sword his finds in the room?

84.   How do Roderigo’s pockets conveniently help to clarify much of what has happened?

85.   What happens to Othello, Iago and Cassio in the end?

86.   Who gets Othello’s estate?  Why?


Short Response Questions

Answer each question with one paragraph answers, using specific examples from the play.

  1. Describe the pathology of an evil person. What makes people evil? What character(s) do you think were evil in the play? What made them evil?
  2. Discuss the role of racism in the play. Why was this an important element in the play?
  3. Discuss the treatment of women in the play. Was the treatment fair or unfair – explain.
  4. Explain the building and destroying of the characters’ reputations in the play. What actions led to the building of and the destroying of their reputations? Why is a reputation important?

Psychiatrist’s Report

Purpose: To take you deeper into the characters, to encourage you to analyze actions and works, and to put you in a situation where you must draw support and evidence directly from the literature by using quotes from the story.

Directions: Pretend that you have met with your patient three times and try to determine that character’s motives, dreams, and feelings. Then you will make a diagnosis about your patient’s problems or conflicts and plan a treatment program. Use the following outline to write up your report. Each “session” should be typed up on a separate sheet of paper.

1. Case background – who referred the patient? What were the concerns?

2. Description of the character at first meeting – physical appearance, mental

    state, behavior pattern

3. Background of family – mother, father, siblings, home environment

4. Background of character – educational, social

5. Description from second meeting – (same categories as #2)

6. Description from third meeting – (same categories as #2)

7. Diagnosis

8. Conclusion: Treatment, termination (cured, died?)