The Barber of Seville Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Count insist that Bartholo show him?

2. To what can commedia be compared today?

3. What is Figaro's job situation?

4. What does Rosine do in her free time?

5. What kept the audience's interest?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. How does Figaro respond when Bartholo calls him a knave? What is a knave?

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

6. What does Figaro say at the end of the play? What does this say about the playwright's opinion of youth, age, and love?

7. What does Rosine do when she hears Bartholo coming? How might she handle him on his return?

8. How do you know that Rosine is cunning and intelligent?

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

10. Where is Bartholo headed? What might be the significance of Bazile?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Figaro describes "Lindor" to Rosine.

Part 1) How does Figaro describe him?

Part 2) Why does Figaro describe him this way?

Part 3) What does Figaro say about this man that intrigues Rosine?

Part 4) How does Rosine respond? Why does she respond this way?

Essay Topic 2

Bartholo seems to know everything that has been going on behind his back.

Part 1) How does he know all of this?

Part 2) What role does Bazile play in Bartholo's understanding?

Part 3) Why does the playwright allow him to know what is going on, yet be unable to stop it?

Essay Topic 3

Figaro tells the Count "difficulties only add spice to the undertaking."

Part 1) What does he mean by this?

Part 2) How does Figaro feel about this undertaking?

Part 3) Why is he encouraging the Count?

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