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

2. For whom is Rosine's paper?

3. What does Rosine say about the man that Figaro was with?

4. What interrupts Bartholo's complaining?

5. About what does Bartholo complain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as the Count comes in, disguised as a soldier and pretending to be drunk? What is he trying to do the Bartholo to distract him? Is he successful?

2. Why does Rosine change her mind and decide to take a music lesson? Does Rosine know of the Count's plan? How does she react when she sees him?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What connection do Rosine and the Count make with the audience after she finishes singing? How do they feel? Why do they feel this way?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The phrase "futile precaution" is mentioned several times.

Part 1) What does it mean?

Part 2) When is it used?

Part 3) How does this phrase add to Figaro's cleverness and skill?

Essay Topic 2

Figaro is a barber.

Part 1) What else has Figaro been?

Part 2) Why does he become a barber?

Part 3) What role does his working as a barber play in this theatrical work?

Part 4) Why might the playwright have chosen this as his profession?

Essay Topic 3

Figaro and the Count are frequently left surprised or in a panic.

Part 1) Why?

Part 2) What often surprises them or panics them?

Part 3) How does this change their plans?

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