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 Bartholo do after some more unhelpful questions and answers?

2. What does the Count comically struggle to do?

3. What does Figaro promise to do?

4. How does Rosine get Bartholo to leave?

5. What is Figaro's comment regarding women being locked up?

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

3. Who does Figaro tell "Lindor" is? Why does he say this?

4. What does Rosine do with the paper? How might this small prop draw the audience into the story?

5. 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?

6. What remark does Figaro make when the Count romantically comments on Rosine's attractiveness? Why does he do this?

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

8. Why would the letter from Rosine ask the Count to sing?

9. 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?

10. How does the Count gain entrance into the home and to see Rosine? Who's plan might this have been? Why do you believe this?

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 devises a plan to get himself and the Count into Rosine's home.

Part 1) What is this plan?

Part 2) Is his plan successful? Why or why not?

Part 3) Would you imagine that his plan and behavior are fairly standard for commedia dell'arte? Why or why not?

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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