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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 kept the audience's interest?
(a) Wondering about the details of this young, handsome lover.
(b) Wondering if the actor would be very good.
(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.

2. What is the Count resolved to do?
(a) Tell her who he is.
(b) Keep his real identity a secret.
(c) Sing for Rosine.
(d) Kill the music teacher.

3. What does Bazile tell Bartholo to start?
(a) Notifying the national authorities.
(b) Beating up the Count.
(c) Calling the police.
(d) A nasty, slanderous rumor about the Count.

4. What is Figaro's job situation?
(a) He was apprenticed to a horse doctor, but when his superior found out that he was also writing poetry, love letters and contributing to the local newspaper, he was fired.
(b) He is a travelling minstrel, playing music for anyone who will listen.
(c) He works as a violin maker and travels Spain selling his wares.
(d) He is a poet and an editor for a publishing company.

5. What does Rosine do when she hears Bartholo coming?
(a) She is nervous.
(b) She panics.
(c) She faints.
(d) She becomes excited.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rosine say about the man that Figaro was with?

2. What interrupts Bartholo's complaining?

3. Why can Figaro easily gain access to Bartholo's house?

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

5. What does Figaro tell the Count about Rosine's music teacher?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rosine tell Figaro to tell "Lindor?" How will this news affect "Lindor?"

2. Why does Rosine change her mind and decide to take a music lesson? Does Rosine know of the Count's plan? How does she react when she sees him?

3. 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?

4. Where can the Count find Figaro after he is in his disguise? Why does Figaro give this much detail about his location?

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

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

7. What is Figaro and the Count's plan to free Rosine? Will this plan work?

8. 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?

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

10. What is Figaro's plan? Do you believe this plan will work? Why or why not?

(see the answer keys)

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