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. To what English lord does Cyrano compare himself in Scene 10?

2. What two vices does Cyrano proclaim to want to slay at the end of Scene 8?

3. What famous historical figure does the Comte de Guiche claim as his uncle?

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

5. Who does Ligniere bring to the theatre at the end of Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Cyrano embrace Christian at the beginning of Scene 10?

3. Why does Ragueneau expect Cyrano at the play?

4. What furtive disagreement do Christian and Cyrano has at the end of Scene 7?

5. How does Roxane trick the monk in Scene 11?

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

7. Why does Cyrano decide to convince Roxane to kiss Christian?

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

9. What offer does de Guiche make Cyrano, and why does Cyrano refuse?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The world of Cyrano de Bergerac is one in which good and kind people are often punished for their better graces. Write an essay on the harshness of this France, focusing on three characters:

Part 1) Ragueneau is a lover of beautiful things and a sharer of his livelihood with the less fortunate. How does the world, particularly in relationship to his marriage and his poetry, repay him?

Part 2) Carbon and Le Bret deeply love their troops and will do anything to ensure their safety. Where does this lead them as commanders? Are the elite Gascony Cadets treated with respect in the end?

Part 3) Cyrano has the firmest moral compass int he play. How does this put him in contention with more powerful men? What is the state of his life at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

A major dynamic in CYRANO DE BERGERAC is the conflict between the physical appearance and the soul. Write an essay about this dynamic, focusing on Cyrano and Christian. What does each represent in terms of this theme? How do Roxane's changing attitudes toward her composite wooer reflect the balance in this ethereal struggle?

Essay Topic 3

Roxane develops from a mere object of affection into a fully-dimensional strong-willed character. Chart this transition in an essay. How does Roxane appear in the first act of the play? Is her role active, or merely objective to male characters? By scene 4, how has she transformed herself? What bold actions does she undertake without assistance from others?

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