Common Core: 11th Grade English Language Arts : Structural choices' impact on meaning, aesthetics, and overall structure: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5

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Example Question #1 : Common Core: 11th Grade English Language Arts

Passage adapted from Othello by William Shakespeare (1604)

 IAGO: Three great ones of the city,                                                  

In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,

Off-capp'd to him: and, by the faith of man,

I know my price, I am worth no worse a place:

But he; as loving his own pride and purposes,                   5

Evades them, with a bombast circumstance

Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war;

And, in conclusion,

Nonsuits my mediators; for, 'Certes,' says he,

'I have already chose my officer.'                                     10

And what was he?

Forsooth, a great arithmetician,

One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,

A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife;

That never set a squadron in the field,                            15

Nor the division of a battle knows

More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,

Wherein the toga’d consuls can propose

As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practise,

Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had the election:            20

And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof

At Rhodes, at Cyprus and on other grounds

Christian and heathen, must be be-lee'd and calm'd

By debitor and creditor: this counter-caster,

He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,                        25

And I—God bless the mark!—his Moorship's ancient.

The speaker compares Michael Cassio to “the bookish theoric” in order to demonstrate __________.

Possible Answers:

that he favors action over thought

that he will be successful as a Lieutenant

that he is considering becoming a professor

that he is not adequately trained as a soldier

Correct answer:

that he is not adequately trained as a soldier

Explanation:

Iago compares Cassio to “the bookish theoric” to demonstrate that Cassio is not adequately trained as a soldier. Iago is incensed that Cassio has been selected over him for a military promotion. This outrage is heightened by Iago’s observation that Cassio is unqualified to be a soldier, while he (in his own opinion) is qualified both in terms of his skill and experience. There is no mention that Cassio might be considering a career in academia, or that he has a passion for learning. Instead, the speaker emphasizes Cassio’s thoughtful disposition in order to discredit him as a soldier.

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