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 Figaro offer the Count?

2. What does Bartholo say about putting trust in anyone?

3. Why does Figaro lend the Count his guitar, telling him to sing anything that comes into his mind?

4. On what does Figaro comment?

5. To what can commedia be compared today?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the letter the Count gives to Bartholo reveal? How does Rosine react to this news? Does Bartholo seem to notice her reaction? Why or why not?

2. How does the scene open? Why is the Count dressed in a disguise?

3. 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?

4. How does the Count feel about his position? Why does he feel this way? Will the Count succeed in what he wishes for?

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

6. What is Figaro's plan? Why will the Count's disguise get him into the house?

7. How does the Count reveal he is feeling uncertain about the plan? About what is he uncertain? Does he make a good choice? Why or why not?

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

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

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

Figaro describes his shop to the Count.

Part 1) How does he describe it?

Part 2) His motto is "By skill and Dexterity." To what could this refer, besides his abilities as a barber?

Part 3) Why is Figaro so thorough in his explanation?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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