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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 can Figaro easily gain access to Bartholo's house?
(a) He is Bartholo's cousin.
(b) He is Bartholo's brother.
(c) He is Bartholo's barber.
(d) He is Bartholo's servant.

2. What has taught Figaro to be so positive.?
(a) His mother was always a positive woman.
(b) Prayer.
(c) He forced himself to laugh out of being afraid that he would cry.
(d) His life experiences.

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

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

5. What does Rosine say about the man that Figaro was with?
(a) He was very handsome.
(b) She is sure he will soon make a good name for himself.
(c) He should go back to Madrid where he belongs.
(d) She is sure he is a wonderful man.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what does the Count romantically comment?

2. What happens when Figaro makes an attempt at writing for the theatre?

3. What does Rosine do when she hears Bartholo coming?

4. Rosine wonders whether Bartholo thinks she would not be able to resist even the attractions of a servant like Figaro, which leads Bartholo to make what suggestion?

5. What does Bartholo do after some more unhelpful questions and answers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What connection do Rosine and the Count make with the audience after she finishes singing? How do they feel? Why do they feel this way?

2. What is comedic in this scene, regarding Rosine's singing? How is this a display of commedia?

3. What does Bazile decide to do? Why? How does this decision help the Count, Figaro, and Rosine?

4. 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?

5. Bartholo realizes "Alonzo" is not who he says he is, and "Alonzo" pretends to get upset, what does Rosine do? Do you believe this will happen?

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

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

8. 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?

9. What is Figaro's plan? Why will the Count's disguise get him into the house?

10. What does Rosine say about the paper she is holding? What might be significant about this paper?

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