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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 does Rosine do with the song?
(a) She drops it out the window.
(b) She throws it in the fire.
(c) She gives it to Bartholo.
(d) She tears it up.

2. What does Bartholo threaten to have done to the Count?
(a) Have him exiled.
(b) Have him killed.
(c) Have him put in jail.
(d) Have him thrown out.

3. How is the Count disguised?
(a) As a soldier.
(b) As a priest.
(c) As Figaro.
(d) As Bazile.

4. What is Figaro carrying with him, when he arrives?
(a) A paint palet and brushes.
(b) A guitar hung over his shoulder and a pencil and paper in his hand.
(c) A hat and a cane.
(d) A violin.

5. What does the Count do while telling Bartholo to do his duty to the military and put him up for the night?
(a) He shows Rosine the letter.
(b) He sings.
(c) He looks for Figaro.
(d) He stumbles around.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Figaro tell the Count to pose as a drunken member of a military detachment in town and introduce himself to Bartholo?

2. What happens when Bartholo leaves the room?

3. On what does the Count romantically comment?

4. What does Bartholo say best friends will do?

5. What does Bartholo do after some more unhelpful questions and answers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the various characters do to keep Bazile from telling Bartholo this is all a ruse? How is Bazile's support finally won? How does this satisfy the audience of a commedia?

2. What does Rosine do with the paper? How might this small prop draw the audience into the story?

3. What does the letter the Count gives to Bartholo reveal? How does Rosine react to this news? Does Bartholo seem to notice her reaction? Why or why not?

4. What is the only defect Figaro mentions this man having? How does Rosine react to this hint? Why does Figaro not tell her right away who this man loves?

5. What does Rosine do when she hears Bartholo coming? How might she handle him on his return?

6. What does Bartholo shout, as he storms into the room? Does Bartholo believe that Rosine dropped the song by accident, out of her window? How do you know this?

7. What does the Count want Figaro to call him? Why? What might be Figaro's thoughts on this?

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

9. How does Rosine react when she hears she is to be married? What does Figaro promise? Will he be able to keep his promise? Why or why not?

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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