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

2. What does the Count say about Bartholo's skills as a doctor?
(a) How bad he is.
(b) He wonderful he is.
(c) How sick his patients become.
(d) How many patients he has.

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

4. Why is Count Almaviva disguised as a priest in a cloak and turned down hat?
(a) He has always wanted to be a priest.
(b) He is a runaway fugitive and does not want anyone to discover him.
(c) He used to work for Bartholo and does not want to be recognized.
(d) He is afraid he will be recognized by either the woman's over-protective guardian or one of his friends from the royal court.

5. What does the Count do when Bartholo demands again to see the letter?
(a) The Count gives him a second letter.
(b) The Count gives him the letter.
(c) The Count tears up the letter.
(d) The Count says he cannot show him the letter.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the Count disguised?

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

3. What does Figaro reassure the Count?

4. To what does Rosine's letter refer?

5. What does the Count knock out of Bartholo's hand?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Rosine able to be alone and free? What might she be writing in her letter to "Lindor?"

2. How does Rosine react to Bartholo's accusations? How might this hurt her chances of being with the Count?

3. Why is the Count surprised to see Figaro? What is Figaro's response to the Count's questioning? What might be the significance of Figaro being a barber?

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

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

8. What does the Count do when Bartholo sees him putting the letter back in his pocket? What tactic does he add this time? Is he successful?

9. What is the only defect Figaro mentions this man having? How does Rosine react to this hint? Why does Figaro not tell her right away who this man loves?

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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