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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 Bartholo send Rosine out?
(a) He does not want her to fall in love with the soldier.
(b) It is dangerous for a woman to be alone with a drunken man.
(c) He is tired of seeing her.
(d) He no longer enjoys her company.

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

3. What will Figaro do while the Count gets himself into his disguise as a soldier?
(a) He will go into the house and drug the servants.
(b) He will go to his shop and wait for the Count.
(c) He will guide the Count on how to behave.
(d) He will sit and watch.

4. What does Rosine say as she stands at her window?
(a) She enjoys the night air.
(b) She detests Bartholo.
(c) The stars are beautiful.
(d) Romeo! Romeo! Where for art thou, Romeo?

5. Rosine loses her temper, accusing Bartholo of what?
(a) Keeping her in a dungeon.
(b) Leaving her all alone.
(c) Keeping her love from her.
(d) Being unkind to her.

Short Answer Questions

1. About what does Bartholo complain?

2. What does the Count comically struggle to do?

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

4. How is Bartholo going to keep "accidents" from happening?

5. How does Figaro learn that Bazile tells Bartholo that the Count is in town, has taken rooms at a fancy hotel and is going out every evening in disguise?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does Figaro learn, while in a cupboard? What does Bazile suggest to Bartholo? What would be the outcome of this?

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

8. Why does Bazile take money from the Count? How does his desire for money help the characters in this story?

9. 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?

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

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