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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens when Figaro makes an attempt at writing for the theatre?
(a) Even though audiences enjoyed his writing, the critics condemned him.
(b) He greated several great works, but could not find someone to publish them.
(c) He ended up with writer's block and could not write a single line.
(d) The audiences did not enjoy his work.

2. For whom is Rosine's paper?
(a) Figaro.
(b) Bartholo.
(c) The Count.
(d) Her cousin.

3. What does Rosine say about the man that Figaro was with?
(a) He was very handsome.
(b) She is sure he will soon make a good name for himself.
(c) She is sure he is a wonderful man.
(d) He should go back to Madrid where he belongs.

4. What interrupts Bartholo's complaining?
(a) The entrance of Bazile, Rosine's music teacher.
(b) The entrance of the Count, to save Rosine.
(c) The entrance of Figaro, to say hello.
(d) The entrance of Rosine.

5. About what does Bartholo complain?
(a) There is no-one downstairs to keep strangers from coming up or playing tricks.
(b) There was no one to make his dinner.
(c) There was no one to take his coat when he entered.
(d) There was no one to take care of his precious Rosine.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Figaro say is the man's only defect?

2. What kept the audience's interest?

3. What does the Count vow to do?

4. What does Rosine tell Bartholo is on the paper she is holding?

5. On what does Figaro comment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as the Count comes in, disguised as a soldier and pretending to be drunk? What is he trying to do the Bartholo to distract him? Is he successful?

2. Why does Rosine change her mind and decide to take a music lesson? Does Rosine know of the Count's plan? How does she react when she sees him?

3. How does his choice to follow with the original plan lead to seeing Rosine? What is his fear about her voice lesson? To what might this voice lesson lead, in the next part of Act 3?

4. How does Figaro reassure the Count about his desire to marry Rosine? Why is Figaro so invested in the Count's interests?

5. How does the notary respond to the Count's new plan? Why does he seem so complacent?

6. How does Figaro respond when Bartholo calls him a knave? What is a knave?

7. How does the Count gain entrance into the home and to see Rosine? Who's plan might this have been? Why do you believe this?

8. What is Figaro and the Count's plan to free Rosine? Will this plan work?

9. What connection do Rosine and the Count make with the audience after she finishes singing? How do they feel? Why do they feel this way?

10. What does Rosine do when she believes that "Lindor" was deceiving her, expressing love on someone else's behalf? How does this heighten the suspense?

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