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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. Why can Figaro easily gain access to Bartholo's house?
(a) He is Bartholo's cousin.
(b) He is Bartholo's barber.
(c) He is Bartholo's servant.
(d) He is Bartholo's brother.

2. What does Bartholo do after some more unhelpful questions and answers?
(a) He begins to cry.
(b) He yells at his servants and fires them.
(c) He leaves the servants, shocked.
(d) He dismisses the servants and grumbles about how worthless Figaro is.

3. Of what does Figaro remind the Count?
(a) The letter asked him to write her a sonnet.
(b) The letter asked him to play her a song.
(c) The letter asked him to sing.
(d) The letter asked him to hear her sing.

4. What place does Figaro describe to the Count?
(a) Rosine's home.
(b) His shop.
(c) His home.
(d) Madrid.

5. Why does Figaro tell the Count to pose as a drunken member of a military detachment in town and introduce himself to Bartholo?
(a) Bartholo has a soft spot in his heart for soldiers.
(b) Bartholo will be obliged to get drunk with him.
(c) Bartholo loves the talk about war.
(d) Bartholo will be obliged to invite him in.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rosine react when Figaro tells her the truth about this man?

2. What has the Count recently found out about Rosine?

3. From what is Bartholo exempt?

4. Why does Figaro leave Madrid and cheerfully wander through Spain?

5. Who does Figaro say he was talking to on the street?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Count and Figaro learn about the song? Why does Bartholo have such an interest in this song?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Why would the letter from Rosine ask the Count to sing?

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

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 do the servants say that they did not stop Figaro from coming in? How will Bartholo treat Figaro from now on? Why?

8. Where is Bartholo headed? What might be the significance of Bazile?

9. How does Rosine react to the news about the man's love? Why does she tell Figaro the man must remain calm? Do you believe he will be able to remain calm? Why or why not?

10. Bartholo realizes "Alonzo" is not who he says he is, and "Alonzo" pretends to get upset, what does Rosine do? Do you believe this will happen?

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