The Marriage of Figaro Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the significance of Suzanne actions at the opening of Act 1 as Figaro is measuring the floor to determine the best place for the bed?

Suzanne, the Countess's maid and Figaro's bride to be, is trying on the wreath of flowers she's to wear at their wedding later that day.

2. Why does Suzanne want a different bedroom?

Suzanne explains to Figaro that the Count wants to re-enact an old law that allows a master to sleep with the wives of his servants.

3. How does Figaro react to Suzanne explaining the reason why she wants a different bedroom?

Figaro reminds Suzanne that the Count rescinded the law when he got married, but according to Bazile, the Count wants to bring it back. This leads Figaro to understand why the Count might want to woo Suzanne.

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