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. Why does Suzanne agree to not tell even Figaro of the change in plans?

2. Who does Antonio claim he saw jumping out of the window?

3. Why sort of missions does the Count want Figaro to take on?

4. What is heard coming from the dressing room just as the Count comments that it's a good thing Dr. Bartholo is near?

5. How does Suzanne explain how Cherubin got away to the Countess?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Marceline and Bartholo plot to do?

2. What does the conversation between Marceline and Bartholo reveal?

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

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

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

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

8. How does the Count react to Bazile's request to have the hand of Marceline?

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

10. What does Cherubin confess to Suzanne?

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

Compare and Contrast THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in terms of the elements of commedia dell'arte, farce, and satire. How ar the two plays alike? How are they different? Use specific examples, including the use of recurring characters.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the roles of Suzanne and Marceline in their individual relationships with Figaro. What are similar characteristics that they share? What are their opposing characteristics? How do the specific character traits of Suzanne and Marceline affect their relationship with Figaro?

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