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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. 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?
(a) He is peeping out of a nearby cupboard and overhearing.
(b) He is listening at the door.
(c) He is hiding under the bed.
(d) He is hanging outside the window.

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

3. For whom does Count Almaviva wait?
(a) Rosaline.
(b) Figaro.
(c) Bartholo.
(d) Rosine.

4. How is Rosine alone at last and free to do as she pleases?
(a) The Count and Figaro have saved her.
(b) The servants are all either unwell or busy.
(c) Bartholo is running errands.
(d) She has locked her door.

5. What would Rosine prefer the man to do?
(a) She would prefer it that he leave the property.
(b) She would prefer it if he would be calm when he tells her he loves her.
(c) She would prefer that he go back to Madrid.
(d) She would prefer that the man would excitedly tell her how he feels.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bartholo enter?

2. What does the Count tell Figaro to call him?

3. As Figaro finishes singing his new composition, what does he realize about the "priest?"

4. What does Rosine hand to Figaro?

5. On what commedia type is Bazile based?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. Who is Figaro? What is he doing as the audience and reader first meet him? What might be his role throughout the play?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. How is Figaro's plan discovered? What will this mean for his plan?

(see the answer keys)

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