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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 the Count comically struggle to do?
(a) Talk to Rosine.
(b) Walk.
(c) Pronounce Bartholo's name correctly.
(d) Stand up straight.

2. How does Figaro tease Rosine?
(a) By telling her he has the perfect husband for her but not telling her who it is.
(b) By tickling her.
(c) By calling her names.
(d) By not revealing the truth right away about in whom the man is interested.

3. How does Rosine get Bartholo to leave?
(a) She yells, "fire!"
(b) She pushes him out the window.
(c) She asks Bartholo to run downstairs to retrieve the song.
(d) She pushes him out the door.

4. How does Count Almaviva feel about his situation?
(a) Nervous.
(b) Angry.
(c) Confident.
(d) Confused.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Figaro lend the Count his guitar, telling him to sing anything that comes into his mind?

3. What is Figaro carrying with him, when he arrives?

4. What does she tell Figaro to tell "Lindor?"

5. What happens when Figaro makes an attempt at writing for the theatre?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the authority in Bartholo's home in this scene?

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

3. How does the scene open? Why is the Count dressed in a disguise?

4. Why does the Count grab his gun and set up a mock battle between himself and Bartholo? Is he successful in the maneuver? Why or why not? Is this exchange drawing in the audience? Why or why not?

5. 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?

6. How does Rosine learn that her lover is not who he says he is? How does she misconstrue the information? Why does the playwright include this misunderstanding?

7. 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?

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

9. How does Rosine act when she sees the Count? How does she react when he tells her the letter was from him? Why does he still not reveal his identity?

10. Who does Figaro tell "Lindor" is? Why does he say this?

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