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. What does the Countess urge Cherubin to do when he comes in to the bedchamber upset about having to leave?

2. Which character tries to talk Suzanne into giving in to the Count's demands?

3. According to Figaro, what will the Count be too busy trying to find as to even consider taking in a lover?

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

5. What does Figaro do when he thinks of the Count wanting to woo Suzanne?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Suzanne react when she realizes that the paper that fell from the jumper's pocket is Cherubin's commission?

2. Why does Suzanne want a different bedroom?

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What does the conversation between Figaro, Bazile, and Cherubin reveal?

9. How do Figaro and the Countess respond to the Count's decision regarding Cherubin?

10. What does Antonio mean when he says that no one can be allowed to marry into his family if they have unmarried parents?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the elements of "farce" that are intertwined in both the plot and dialogue of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. Extract 3 poignant pieces of textual evidence and explain how each piece of evidence is representative of the qualities of a farce.

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

Explain how the play's theme of "love conquers desire" is shown throughout the play. Name the scenes in which the theme is most acutely shown. Include several textual examples and provide analysis.

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