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 do while telling Bartholo to do his duty to the military and put him up for the night?

2. How does the Count meet Rosine?

3. To what can commedia be compared today?

4. How does Rosine react when Figaro tells her the truth about this man?

5. What is the Count resolved to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. After Figaro tells his story, how does this first part of Act 1 end? How might Figaro's attitude help the Count?

9. Where can the Count find Figaro after he is in his disguise? Why does Figaro give this much detail about his location?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rosine is alone at last and free to do as she pleases in Act 2, Part 1.

Part 1) How does she gain this freedom?

Part 2) What does she do with her freedom?

Part 3) How does this first moment of freedom begin the sequence of events that leads to her absolute freedom?

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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