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 Rosine suggest might lead to careless behavior?

2. What does the Count instantly resolve to do?

3. What does Bartholo see the Count putting back in his pocket?

4. What does Figaro reassure the Count?

5. What does Figaro suggest is impossible?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Count worried that Rosine might not leave with them to be married?

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. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. What do the Count and Figaro learn about the song? Why does Bartholo have such an interest in this song?

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

8. What does Figaro learn, while in a cupboard? What does Bazile suggest to Bartholo? What would be the outcome of this?

9. Bartholo realizes "Alonzo" is not who he says he is, and "Alonzo" pretends to get upset, what does Rosine do? Do you believe this will happen?

10. How does Figaro reassure the Count about his desire to marry Rosine? Why is Figaro so invested in the Count's interests?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Count disguises himself as Lindor, a priest. Part 1) Why does he disguise himself? Part 2) Why would he choose to be disguised as a priest? Part 3) How does his disguise add to the comedic aspect of this play?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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