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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. What does Figaro want to publicly express thanks to the Count for?
3. What has Figaro arranged to be delivered to the Count hinting that the Countess is seeing another man?
4. Who does Figaro say a man always defends?
5. What does Antonio find that fell from the jumper's pocket?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when the Count approaches who he thinks is "Suzanne"?
2. What does the Count consider when contemplating taking Figaro to England with him and what is Figaro's response?
3. How does the Countess react to the Count when he states he is the victim of a joke and demands to know what the point of it all is?
4. What is Bazile's true purpose for coming into the room at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?
5. 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?
6. What does the Count muse to himself as he sits in the castle's throne room?
7. What does Figaro explain about human nature?
8. What do Figaro and Suzanne talk about when they are alone in the room they will marry in?
9. What does the conversation between Figaro, Bazile, and Cherubin reveal?
10. What does the Countess and Suzanne scheme to do to the Count?
Essay Topic 1
What is the resolution (denouement) of the play? How does the impact of the resolution affect the characters? What is the thematic meaning of the resolution?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss how Suzanne's flowers are the only true symbol of the entire play. Explain what the flowers represent in terms of character, theme, and conflict. Use textual references and evidence to support your findings.
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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