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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 act does Cyrano tell Roxane not to miss at Clomire's before she leaves in Scene 3?
2. What part of Cyrano's body is injured in Scene 3?
3. Which of the following is not a person who arrives to see the play-within-the-play in the first scene?
4. What emotion does Roxane display when reading de Guiche's letter to the monk?
5. What two colors does Cyrano use to describe Christian and Roxane in Scene 9?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Roxane incorrectly assume when she see's Ragueneau and Le Bret exit in Scene 3?
2. What is the Comte de Guiche's treachery against Ligniere?
3. Why are the troops starving at the beginning of Act 4?
4. How do Cyrano and Christian intend to speak to Roxane at the end of Scene 6?
5. Why does Cyrano truly detest Montfleury?
6. How does Roxane bring food to the troops?
7. How does Roxane reason Cyrano's absence at his appointed time?
8. What lie does Cyrano tell Christian before he dies?
9. Describe the scene created when Ragueneau's poets enter the shop.
10. Describe Lise.
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
Love is an ambiguous force in Cyrano de Bergerac. It guides many character's actions, both for good and for ill. Write an essay about Rostand's ambiguous attitude toward love:
Part 1) Christian loves Roxane completely, which blind him to the reality of his relationship with her. How does he pay for this love, and who else pay for it in the long run?
Part 2) To what extent do both Montfleury and Valvert pay for their romantic desires? What do they have in common and what do they respectively lose?
Part 3) The Comte de Guiche is consumed by his love for Roxane. Analyze how this all-engrossing love is the catalyst for both his most eveil acts and his finest.
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