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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 does the Count recognize Figaro?
(a) Figaro was once his tutor.
(b) Figaro was once in the Count's service.
(c) Figaro lived next door to him.
(d) They went to school together.

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

3. Why are Bartholo's servants not very helpful?
(a) They do not like him.
(b) They have been drugged by Figaro.
(c) They are stupid.
(d) They were given the day off.

4. What would Bazile's suggestion do to the Count?
(a) Destroy the Count more thoroughly than a beating.
(b) Keep him from Rosine.
(c) Send him to another country.
(d) Destroy his looks and Rosine's love for him.

5. What kept the audience's interest?
(a) Wondering if the actor would be very good.
(b) Wondering about the details of this young, handsome lover.
(c) Wondering what the character would look like.
(d) Wondering about the details of both the greedy old man's character and the reactions of the others.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the Count playing the guitar and singing?

2. What does Rosine suggest might lead to careless behavior?

3. What does the letter tell Bartholo to do?

4. What is Figaro's job situation?

5. What does the Count do, regarding Rosine's song?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Count know about Rosine? How does Figaro correct the Count about his knowledge of this woman? How does knowledge help the play progress?

2. What strategy does Rosine use after she has switched the letters? How is her strategy even better than the Count's?

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

4. 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?

5. After Figaro tells his story, how does this first part of Act 1 end? How might Figaro's attitude help the Count?

6. Why does the Count reveal his identity? How is her reaction? Why is she so easily able to change her feelings?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. How do you know that Rosine is cunning and intelligent?

10. What does Bazile decide to do? Why? How does this decision help the Count, Figaro, and Rosine?

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