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. The Count grabs his gun and does what?

2. How does the Count meet Rosine?

3. What does Rosine do in her free time?

4. What does she tell Figaro to tell "Lindor?"

5. What happens when Bartholo leaves the room?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the notary respond to the Count's new plan? Why does he seem so complacent?

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

3. 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?

4. What strategy does Rosine use after she has switched the letters? How is her strategy even better than the Count's?

5. 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?

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

7. What does Rosine do with the paper? How might this small prop draw the audience into the story?

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

9. How does Figaro respond when Bartholo calls him a knave? What is a knave?

10. What is Figaro's plan? Do you believe this plan will work? Why or why not?

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 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

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?

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