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. Who does the Countess say had the primary idea for the letter?

2. What does Suzanne hurriedly unlock as the Count and Countess exit?

3. What does Suzanne tell Figaro is missing from the commission papers?

4. What does the Count swear to Suzanne after he realizes that Cherubin has heard the entire conversation and is banished?

5. How does Suzanne explain how Cherubin got away to the Countess?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Figaro reveal in his aside?

2. What does the judge decide regarding the case?

3. What does the Countess and Suzanne scheme to do to the Count?

4. What does the Countess say to the Count at the end of the play after he's been humiliated?

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

6. What happens when a group of peasant girls present Suzanne with flowers in honor of her wedding?

7. What do Marceline and Bartholo plot to do?

8. What does the Count reveal in his aside?

9. What do Figaro and the servants want to express public thanks for to the Count?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motivations for the character of Figaro. How is Figaro inspired? What motivates Figaro into action? Use 3 pieces of textual evidence to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the classic elements of irony (dramatic, verbal, and irony of situation) are used in the play. How does irony contribute to the theme of the play? How does irony contribute to the element of farce in the play? Use 3 pieces of dialogue as evidence of your findings.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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