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. For whom does Count Almaviva wait?

2. What has the Count recently found out about Rosine?

3. How does the Count meet Rosine?

4. To what does Rosine's letter refer?

5. What does Bazile tell Bartholo to start?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rosine react when she hears she is to be married? What does Figaro promise? Will he be able to keep his promise? Why or why not?

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

4. Of what does Bartholo accuse Figaro? How does he know about the relationship between Rosine and the Count? Will she be able to escape from the prison this man has put her in?

5. What does Bartholo shout, as he storms into the room? Does Bartholo believe that Rosine dropped the song by accident, out of her window? How do you know this?

6. 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?

7. What do the various characters do to keep Bazile from telling Bartholo this is all a ruse? How is Bazile's support finally won? How does this satisfy the audience of a commedia?

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

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

10. What does the Count say when he realizes they are trapped? Predict what will happen in the next scene.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The phrase "futile precaution" is mentioned several times.

Part 1) What does it mean?

Part 2) When is it used?

Part 3) How does this phrase add to Figaro's cleverness and skill?

Essay Topic 2

Figaro and the Count's plan to free Rosine at midnight is thwarted.

Part 1) How so? Why does the playwright throw a wrench in the works?

Part 2) How is their plan changed? How does this plan draw in the viewer?

Part 3) Is this plan successful? How?

Essay Topic 3

The Count sings to Rosine.

Part 1) Why does he sing to her?

Part 2) Is this typical of theatre at this time? Why or why not?

Part 3) Why is singing included in this play? How have plays evolved over time, regarding the use of music?

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