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 Cherubin act when he runs out of the dressing room?

2. What action does Suzanne describe as Figaro "being in his element"?

3. After careful consideration, what does the Count announce Cherubin be given command of?

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

5. What instrument does Bazile play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Count reveal in his aside?

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

4. What is Bazile's true purpose for coming into the room at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

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

6. How does Marceline explain her previous affections for Figaro?

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

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

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

10. What does Suzanne tell Figaro as he comes into the courtroom?

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

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

What is the crisis of the play? Describe the key actions that take place. Describe the characters that are involved. Include 3 textual references to support your findings.

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