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. Why does the Count ask what Figaro is doing in Seville?

2. On what does Figaro comment?

3. On what does the Count romantically comment?

4. What happens when Figaro makes an attempt at writing for the theatre?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rosine say about the paper she is holding? What might be significant about this paper?

2. 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?

3. Why does the Count grab his gun and set up a mock battle between himself and Bartholo? Is he successful in the maneuver? Why or why not? Is this exchange drawing in the audience? Why or why not?

4. What is the only defect Figaro mentions this man having? How does Rosine react to this hint? Why does Figaro not tell her right away who this man loves?

5. 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?

6. How do you know that Rosine is cunning and intelligent?

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

8. What does Figaro say at the end of the play? What does this say about the playwright's opinion of youth, age, and love?

9. What does the Count know about Rosine? How does Figaro correct the Count about his knowledge of this woman? How does knowledge help the play progress?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Count and Figaro know one another.

Part 1) How do they know one another?

Part 2) Why does Figaro offer his services to the Count?

Part 3) Why might the playwright have chosen a lowly barber and a prominent Count to be friends and cohorts?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Bazile can easily be won over with money.

Part 1) Give three examples of this.

Part 2) How has he hurt and helped the Count?

Part 3) What commedia character does he represent? Would an audience have been satisfied by this character? Why or why not?

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