Past questions on Othello (A2 edexcel)??? Watch

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Basically I've been a bit of an idiot and lost my past questions for Othello that my teacher gave me :eek:

So I was wondering if anyone had/remembers any of their past questions on Othello for edexcel english lit (A2)????? (And can you include the year it was a qu)

Would be very grateful!!!:o:

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Basically I've been a bit of an idiot and lost my past questions for Othello that my teacher gave me :eek:

So I was wondering if anyone had/remembers any of their past questions on Othello for edexcel english lit (A2)????? (And can you include the year it was a qu)

Would be very grateful!!!:o:

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June 2002
(a) “In Othello Shakespeare explores the nature of social prejudice”.

How far does your reading of the play support this view? You should use as a starting point for your answer a close examination of Act 1 Scene 2 (from OTHELLO: Holla, stand there”) to Act 1 Scene 3 (down to “BRABANTIO: I have done, my lord”)



(b) To what extent do you agree that in Othello Shakespeare presents “women as victims of men?”

You should base your answer on a close examination to two or more appropriate sequences of your choice.



January 2003

(a) Remind yourself of Act lV Scene 3 of Othello, the Willow Scene.

Using an examination of this scene as your starting point, explore Shakespeare’s portrayal of Emilia’s relationship to her social superiors. Does she seem to you simply to play the role of a servant or does Shakespeare also make her integral to the structure of his tragedy?

(b) “Shakespeare’s presentation of Othello, in his role both as general and as husband, makes it impossible for the modern audience to sympathise with him completely”.

How do you react to this view? You should include in your answer at least two carefully chosen extracts from the text.

June 2003
(a) “To the Shakespearean audience, the notion of mixed marriage was not just unnatural, it was evil and would be punished.”

How valid does this comment seem to you when applied to Othello? You should use as your starting point examination of relevant material from the central section of Act 1 Scene 3 from the entry of Brabantio, Othello, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo and Officers to when theDuke says “Your son-in-law is far more fair than black.”



(b) “In Shakespeare’s day it was central to contemporary assumptions about the nature of tragedy that the tragic hero himself should be noble. That is why this is Othello’s tragedy and not, for example, Iago’s.”



How do you, as a member of a modern Shakespearean audience, react to this comment on Othello? You should include in your answer an examination of at least two extracts from the text.

January 2004
(a) “The society for which Shakespeare was writing knew only too well that power implies the ability to make victims of individuals.”

Discuss the extent to which you consider this to be the case in Othello using as you starting point Iago’s soliloquy “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse” at the end of Act 1 scene 3.



(b) “Despite all the social and personal pressures on him, what ultimately destroys Othello is his own impulse towards self-destruction.”

Consider this view of Shakespeare’s presentation of Othello through discussion of at least two carefully chosen extracts from the text.

June 2004.

(a) How far do you agree with the claim that "in Othello Shakespeare portrays a society where the greatest power is neither political nor military but lies in the persuasive power of language"?

You should include in your answer some discussion of the dialogue where Iago keeps advising Roderigo to "put money in your purse". It is near the end of Act 1 Scene 3, lines 298 to 376 in the prescribed edition.

(b) "In his tragedies Shakespeare presents a cynical view of a world where personal relationships are inevitably destructive."

How far do you consider it appropriate to apply this judgement to Othello ? You should include in your answer textual discussion which addresses a minimum of two relationships.

June 2005

(a) "In the world of Shakespeare's play, the greatest suffering is reserved for those who take it upon themselves to become the avengers."

How far do you think this view of Othello is justified? You should include in your answer some discussion of relevant material from Act III Scene 3.

(b) "Othello portrays a world that has the same conviction as our own; that stupidity is more destructive than evil."

How far do you find this an acceptable view of Shakespeare's tragedy? You should include in your answer an examination of at least two relevant extracts from the text.

June 2006

(a) "In Othello, Shakespeare portrays a morally chaotic world in which love can be even more destructive than hate."

How far do you find this an acceptable view of Shakespeare's tragedy? In your answer, you should include an examination of relevant material from Act V, scene 2.

(b) It has been argued that in Othello, Shakespeare demonstrates the need of those in power to obey the social and moral conventions of the day; if they do not, the state itself becomes threatened."

What do you think about this interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedy? In your answer, you should include an examination of at least two carefully chosen extracts from the play.

June 2007

(a) "In the tragedies, Shakespeare portrays a society in which there is one form of morality and justice for men and an entirely different one for women."

How far do you consider this an appropriate criticism when applied to Othello? You should include in your answer some detailed discussion of appropriate material taken from Act IV, scene 3.

(b) "In the tragic world of Shakespeare's plays, Fate is shown as invariably siding with the most malicious."

How far do you consider this a fitting comment on Othello? your answer should include some discussion of lat least two carefully chosen extracts from the text.
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How are you preparing for this?

Also AO5 (context) is double weighted but I don't think I have enough for this can you help please?
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Thanks so much!!!!
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Thank you!! Do you perhaps have any questions for AS AQA Othello??
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