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 she tell Figaro to tell "Lindor?"

2. Why does Figaro tell the Count to pose as a drunken member of a military detachment in town and introduce himself to Bartholo?

3. On what does Figaro comment?

4. What does the letter tell Bartholo to do?

5. How is Rosine alone at last and free to do as she pleases?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Figaro? What is he doing as the audience and reader first meet him? What might be his role throughout the play?

2. Although Rosine is under the legal marrying age, why does the Count say the marriage is legitimate? What does this say about the wealthy at the time the play was written and about the playwright's opinion of the wealthy?

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

4. How does the notary respond to the Count's new plan? Why does he seem so complacent?

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

6. Why does Bazile take money from the Count? How does his desire for money help the characters in this story?

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

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

9. 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?

10. How does his choice to follow with the original plan lead to seeing Rosine? What is his fear about her voice lesson? To what might this voice lesson lead, in the next part of Act 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This play is an example of commedia dell'arte.

Part 1) What is commedia dell'arte?

Part 2) What aspects of this play prove it is a commedia?

Part 3) What forms of entertainment today could be considered commedia?

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 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?

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