Cyrano de Bergerac 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. What two colors does Cyrano use to describe Christian and Roxane in Scene 9?

2. What character briefly enters the courtyard in Scene 8?

3. Who warns Christian that Ligniere's life is in danger?

4. What word is Roxane unable to utter when she returns to the window in Scene 10?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Roxane prevent Christian's going to battle in Scene 2?

4. How does Cyrano get rid of the Duenna?

5. Why does Ragueneau expect Cyrano at the play?

6. Describe Lise.

7. Describe Christian's interchange with Roxane in Scene 5.

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

9. How does Cyrano delay Christian's kiss in Scene 10?

10. What is the Comte de Guiche's treachery against Ligniere?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Within the overall arc of the love triangle among Cyrano, Roxane, and Christian, Rostand's play seems to contain many smaller plays within it. Each act of Cyrano de Bergerac contains a different tone to it, from broad farce, to military drama, to elegy. Write an essay about three of the five acts. What common themes do they have? How are they different in tone?

Essay Topic 2

Cyrano finds solace in writing letters under Christian's name. Write an essay about his ability finally to speak his heart through the more attractive man's voice. How does this come about? What is he able to say, and at what point does he realize he has wooed Roxane and not Christian? Focus on three parts in the script:

Part 1) The balcony scene

Part 2) The letters during the siege

Part 3) Christian's farewell letter

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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