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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 Lise use as wrapping for Ragueneau's food?

2. At the beginning of Scene 7, who informs Cyrano that a crowd wishes to see him outside?

3. Which of the following is not an object to which Cyrano compares a kiss?

4. What does Christian repeatedly protest he will do if Cyrano does not help him in Scene 6?

5. Who, at the beginning of the Act is relating his misfortunes to the Duenna?

Short Essay Questions

1. With what has Ragueneau been preoccupied in Act 2?

2. Why does Ragueneau expect Cyrano at the play?

3. Describe the scene at the beginning of the play.

4. How does Cyrano explain Christian's uncertain poetry to Roxane?

5. What new sadness has befallen Ragueneau at the beginning of Act 3?

6. Why does Cyrano consider himself a coward at the end of Scene 3?

7. Describe the scene created when Ragueneau's poets enter the shop.

8. What point does Cyrano make in Scene 8 about patronage of the arts?

9. Why does Christian insult Cyrano's nose in Scene 9?

10. What news does Roxane tell Cyrano in Scene 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cyrano de Bergerac is forever held prisoner by his inability to declare his love for Roxane. Write an essay about his continued resistance to admitting his feels for her, focusing on three parts:

Part 1) Why is Cyrano initially unwilling to declare his love to Roxane? How are his assaults on Montfleury and Valvert connected to this reticence?

Part 2) What decisions does Cyrano make regarding Christian and Roxane once he knows they care for each other? What does this say about Cyrano's attitude toward both and toward himself?

Part 3) Cyrano makes a conscious decision not to tell Roxane the truth regarding his letters to her after Christian dies. What is the root of this decision? What does this choice mean for the next 15 years of his life?

Essay Topic 2

Ragueneau is a figure of much comedic value, a sort of kindly fool forever at the mercy of a hostile world. He is also on of Cyrano's greatest advocates. Write an essay about Ragueneau. What does he value in life, and why do these choices cause him so much pain? Why does he enter scenes when he does? Why do you think he ends in such ignominy?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of honor in CYRANO DE BERGERAC becomes synonymous with the idea of soldiery. Focusing on Le Bret, Carbon, and the cadets of Act 4, write an essay on the the lionization of the career soldier. How do these characters deal with adverse circumstances? What do they idolize and what do they revile? How do they react to the extremities of Cyrano?

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