The Marriage of Figaro 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. Why does Suzanne agree to not tell even Figaro of the change in plans?

2. Who has seen Cherubin lingering outside Suzanne's door?

3. What explanation does Figaro give as the reason why a man wants to possess another man's wife?

4. What is the Countess's explanation to the Count as he enters the bedchamber?

5. What does the Count tell Bazile to commit to instead of a woman?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the implications for Suzanne now that the presence of Cherubin has been revealed?

2. What does Figaro reveal that proves he is a gentleman?

3. What does the Count consider when contemplating taking Figaro to England with him and what is Figaro's response?

4. What does Figaro discuss during his soliloquy?

5. What does the conversation between Marceline and Bartholo reveal?

6. According to Figaro, how are events supposed to unfold in the garden?

7. What are the implications of Cherbuin lingering outside Suzanne's door?

8. What is Figaro's excuse for why it has taken him so long to reach the Count in the courtroom?

9. How does the Countess explain the letter to the Count?

10. What happens to Cherubin after the Count angrily jumps out from behind the chair?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and Contrast THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in terms of the elements of commedia dell'arte, farce, and satire. How ar the two plays alike? How are they different? Use specific examples, including the use of recurring characters.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the Count's pursuit of women with Cherubin's pursuit of women. in what ways are their actions similar? In what ways are they different? Finally, is the Count justified in his pursuit of women because of his hierarchy and sense of power?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the differences (strengths and weaknesses) between an aside and a soliloquy in understanding a play. How are these dramatic tools effective? How are they ineffective? Use the examples in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and one Shakespeare play of your choice as part of your analysis.

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