Othello Parallel Structure Practice
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by Eric Bryan
| 5 Questions
Note from the author:
Practice with parallel structure (parallelism).
Parallel structure means using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. This can happen at the word, phrase, or clause level.

The usual way to join parallel structures is with the use of coordinating conjunctions such as "and" or "or."

Examples:
1.) David bought a cardigan sweater, a pair of shoes, and a tie.
2.) Martha was both an industrious student and an excellent writer.

Take a look at the Shmoop video below. It will explain to you how parallel structure (also called parallelism) works.
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Select the sentence below that displays correct parallel structure.
A Brabantio once turned down Roderigo's desire for Desdemona's hand, hates Othello, and wishes for a new daughter.
B Brabantio once turned down Roderigo's desire for Desdemona's hand, respected Othello, and wished for a new daughter.
C Brabantio once turned down Roderigo's desire for Desdemona's hand, wants Othello arrested, and disowns his daughter.
D None of these
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Select the sentence below that displays correct parallel structure.
A Iago hates his wife, wanted revenge on Othello, and uses Roderigo.
B Iago hated his wife, wanted revenge on Othello, and uses Roderigo.
C Iago hates his wife, wants revenge on Othello, and uses Roderigo.
D None of these.
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Select the sentence(s) below that display correct parallel structure. (Select all that apply.)
A Cassio is said to be a handsome man, gifted mathmetician, and a killing machine.
B Cassio is said to be a handsome man, gifted mathmetician, and talented soldier.
C Cassio is both a courteous gentleman and a reputable lieutenant.
D Cassio is both a sloppy drunk and loses his temper easily.
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Select the sentence(s) below that displays correct parallel structure. (Select all that apply.)
A Desdemona loves her husband, respects her father, and supports the war efforts.
B Desdemona admired Othello's status, listened to his stories, and fell in love with him.
C Desdemona loves her husband, respected her father, and supports the war efforts.
D Desdemona expresses her allegiance to Othello, explains her gratitude to Brabantio, and asks to travel with Othello during the war.
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Select the sentence(s) below that displays correct parallel structure. (Select all that apply.)
A Othello not only experienced hardships as a boy, but he also learns valuable war strategies.
B Othello is accused of witchcraft, threatened with arrest, and has to speak to the Duke.
C Othello is accused of witchcraft, threatened with arrest, and is forced to speak to the Duke.
D Othello not only experienced hardships as a boy, but he also learned valuable war strategies.
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