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. Why does Roxanne not want Cyrano to tell Christian what she wants him to discuss?

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

3. Where does Christian refuse to go with Cyrano in Scene 4?

4. To what literary work does the Comte de Guiche refer Cyrano before leaving the shop?

5. In his long monologue of Scene 8, Cyrano mentions the name of his editor. Who is it?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ragueneau expect Cyrano at the play?

2. How do Cyrano and Christian intend to speak to Roxane at the end of Scene 6?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Cyrano get rid of the Duenna?

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

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

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 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 2

Write an essay about the relationship between Cyrano and Christian. How do they develop from rivals, to conspirators, to two halves of the same soul? Why does Cyrano choose to help Christian, and how does ending this assistance become impossible as the play continues? In what ways is Christian present even after his death?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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