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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. How does Figaro learn that Bazile tells Bartholo that the Count is in town, has taken rooms at a fancy hotel and is going out every evening in disguise?
(a) He is listening at the door.
(b) He is peeping out of a nearby cupboard and overhearing.
(c) He is hiding under the bed.
(d) He is hanging outside the window.

2. As Figaro finishes singing his new composition, what does he realize about the "priest?"
(a) He looks familiar.
(b) He looks worried.
(c) He looks odd.
(d) He looks unhappy.

3. Bartholo assumes the song is a "new sort of silliness," and talks grumpily about what?
(a) How she is a horrible singer, and he does not want to hear it.
(b) How he envies her talents and hopes she will teach him to sing.
(c) How he despises musicians and wishes she did not take lessons.
(d) How there is so much nonsense around- especially the "new fangled Drama."

4. What does Rosine suggest might lead to careless behavior?
(a) Being rude.
(b) Being unkind.
(c) Being thoughtless.
(d) Being excited.

5. What does Figaro suggest is impossible?
(a) To be both happy and sad.
(b) To be both nervous and excited.
(c) To be both in love and calm.
(d) To be both angry and agitated.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what does the Count romantically comment?

2. How is Bartholo going to keep "accidents" from happening?

3. On what does Figaro comment?

4. For what does the Count long?

5. What does Bartholo challenge the Count to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bazile take money from the Count? How does his desire for money help the characters in this story?

2. What does the Count do when Bartholo sees him putting the letter back in his pocket? What tactic does he add this time? Is he successful?

3. How does the Count feel about his position? Why does he feel this way? Will the Count succeed in what he wishes for?

4. What is Bartholo doing, as this scene opens? Why might she be refusing to take lessons from him?

5. What does Rosine do after the Count has sung and played the guitar for awhile? Why does she do this?

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

7. 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?

8. What remark does Figaro make when the Count romantically comments on Rosine's attractiveness? Why does he do this?

9. 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?

10. Although Rosine is under the legal marrying age, why does the Count say the marriage is legitimate? What does this say about the wealthy at the time the play was written and about the playwright's opinion of the wealthy?

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