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 do in her free time?

2. For what does the Count long?

3. What is Figaro's job situation?

4. What does Bartholo threaten to have done to the Count?

5. Why is Count Almaviva disguised as a priest in a cloak and turned down hat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bartholo doing, as this scene opens? Why might she be refusing to take lessons from him?

2. Who is the authority in Bartholo's home in this scene?

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

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

6. How is Rosine able to be alone and free? What might she be writing in her letter to "Lindor?"

7. How does Rosine act when she sees the Count? How does she react when he tells her the letter was from him? Why does he still not reveal his identity?

8. What is Figaro and the Count's plan to free Rosine? Will this plan work?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Figaro and the Count's plan to free Rosine at midnight is thwarted.

Part 1) How so? Why does the playwright throw a wrench in the works?

Part 2) How is their plan changed? How does this plan draw in the viewer?

Part 3) Is this plan successful? How?

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