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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 tell Bartholo is on the paper she is holding?
(a) A new song for Bartholo to sing.
(b) A new song for her to sing to Bartholo.
(c) A new song for her to play on the harp.
(d) A new song from her music teacher called "The Futile Precaution."

2. From what is Bartholo exempt?
(a) Speaking kindly to the military men.
(b) Feeding the military.
(c) Supporting the military.
(d) Joining the military.

3. What does Figaro promise to do?
(a) Unlock the door.
(b) Beat up Bartholo.
(c) Save Rosine.
(d) Throw Bazile out the window.

4. What does the Count tell Figaro to call him?
(a) Lucas.
(b) Lord.
(c) Lindor.
(d) Gandolf.

5. For what does the Count long?
(a) To show off his wealth and find a trophy wife.
(b) To see his mother and sisters again.
(c) To be loved for who he is, rather than for his position or his money.
(d) To be wealthy and living in a beautiful home in the countryside.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has taught Figaro to be so positive.?

2. Bartholo assumes the song is a "new sort of silliness," and talks grumpily about what?

3. What does Bazile tell Bartholo to start?

4. What does Figaro reassure the Count?

5. How is the Count disguised?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What does Figaro say at the end of the play? What does this say about the playwright's opinion of youth, age, and love?

5. What is Figaro's plan? Do you believe this plan will work? 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. What remark does Figaro make when the Count romantically comments on Rosine's attractiveness? Why does he do this?

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

9. How does the Count reveal he is feeling uncertain about the plan? About what is he uncertain? Does he make a good choice? Why or why not?

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

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