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. How does Suzanne react when Bazile tells her that everyone is saying she has loose morals?

2. How does Figaro respond to Bazile's comment regarding Cherubin being careful around Fanchette?

3. How does Suzanne insult Marceline after she brings in one of the Countess' dresses?

4. What does Figaro give Suzanne for luck?

5. How does Suzanne respond to finding out what bedroom Figaro and she will share after marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the key farcical action that inflames the Count and encourages him to retrieve his tools?

2. What does the Countess promise Suzanne?

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

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

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

6. Why does Suzanne want a different bedroom?

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

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

9. What do Figaro and Suzanne talk about when they are alone in the room they will marry in?

10. What has Figaro made arrangements for and how does the Countess react?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the aspect of verbal comedy as portrayed by the characters in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. How is verbal comedy defined, and how is it used as an effective tool? Provide 2 specific scenes in which verbal comedy is performed. Describe the effectiveness of such a comedic performance in a farce.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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