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. Which of the characters stay to hear Bazile play his music?

2. Who is plotting with Figaro to win Marceline for himself?

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

4. What misfortune does Figaro tease Bartholo about?

5. Who is Cherubin in love with?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens after Suzanne enters the room alone with the Count?

3. What does Figaro argue regarding the letter?

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

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

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

7. How does Figaro respond when the Suzanne and the Countess tell Figaro that the Count knows everything?

8. What does Figaro say when he is reminded of Suzanne's plans of still meeting the Count in the garden?

9. What happens after the Countess opens the door, explaining as the Count comes in that she and Suzanne needed some privacy when trying on new clothes?

10. What does Figaro say when the Count and Antonio confront him regarding Cherubin and the window?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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.

Essay Topic 3

The character of Figaro is a talented manipulator. Discuss the specific ways in which Figaro's manipulations turns the plot and allows the plot to move forward. Include 3 pieces of textual evidence in your explanation and be sure to tell how the plot moves forward because of Figaro's manipulations.

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