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. Figaro sees her point, and suggests that Rosine do what?

2. What do the Count and Figaro discover about the song?

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

4. What does the Count vow to do?

5. Rosine loses her temper, accusing Bartholo of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the various characters do to keep Bazile from telling Bartholo this is all a ruse? How is Bazile's support finally won? How does this satisfy the audience of a commedia?

2. 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?

3. How does Rosine learn that her lover is not who he says he is? How does she misconstrue the information? Why does the playwright include this misunderstanding?

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

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

6. How does Rosine react to the news about the man's love? Why does she tell Figaro the man must remain calm? Do you believe he will be able to remain calm? Why or why not?

7. What does Rosine do after the Count has sung and played the guitar for awhile? Why does she do this?

8. 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?

9. What does the Count do when Bartholo sees him putting the letter back in his pocket? What tactic does he add this time? Is he successful?

10. Where is Bartholo headed? What might be the significance of Bazile?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Figaro sarcastically remarks on Rosine's cleverness.

Part 1) What makes her clever?

Part 2) Why does Figaro make sarcastic remarks about Rosine?

Part 3) How might an audience respond to Figaro's various asides?

Essay Topic 2

Rosine stands at her window holing a paper.

Part 1) What is on this paper? What does she do with this paper?

Part 2) What is significant about papers, letters, and notes in commedia?

Part 3) how are letters and other papers used to add excitement, confusion, and humor in this play?

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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