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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 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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

Cyrano de Bergerac is a friend to the common man and a fierce enemy to hypocrisy and pompousness. Write an essay about his various successes in humbling the soft upper crust of Paris. What does he dislike about each of these adversaries? How does he humble them, and what are the consequences?

Part 1) Montfleury

Part 2) Valvert

Part 3) The Comte de Guiche in Act 4

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about the dynamic between Cyrano and the Comte de Guiche. Use the several insults that Cyrano deal de Guiche throughout the play as framework for the essay. Why does Cyrano deal the nobleman these slights, and how does de Guiche respond? Who pays for these slights? Does either man ultimately change as a result of this dynamic?

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