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

2. At the beginning of Scene 8, what supposed vice does Cyrano defend to Le Bret?

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

4. To whom does Cyrano send his pages in Scene 1?

5. Where does Cyrano appear in Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roxane discover that Cyrano is her true suitor?

2. Why does Cyrano leave the theatre at the end of Act 1?

3. What does Roxane resolve to do at the end of Scene 5?

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

5. What does Roxane incorrectly assume when she see's Ragueneau and Le Bret exit in Scene 3?

6. How does Cyrano embarrass the Comte de Guiche in Scene 4?

7. According to Le Bret in Scene 2, How has Cyrano changed of late?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cyrano is renowned in the play not only as a warrior and leader, but also as an artist. Write an essay about Cyrano the artist. How does he bring beauty and verse into every aspect of his being? Does he consider art a profession? Does he intend to make money from it? Cite examples from the text in answering these questions.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the relationship between Le Bret and Cyrano. As the protagonist's foil, what information does Le Bret provide the audience at the beginning of the play? Throughout the ensuing four acts, what new information does Le Bret draw? How does Rostand create a relationship that allows this disclosure to occur organically?

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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