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 when she hears Bartholo coming?

2. On what commedia type is Bazile based?

3. What does Figaro offer the Count?

4. How is a commedia and today's example similar?

5. What does Bartholo challenge the Count to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. What does Rosine do when she believes that "Lindor" was deceiving her, expressing love on someone else's behalf? How does this heighten the suspense?

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

10. Where can the Count find Figaro after he is in his disguise? Why does Figaro give this much detail about his location?

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

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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