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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. Who does Cyrano strike at the end of Act 2?

2. What two "serpents" does Christian claim his love has strangled?

3. Who climbs Roxane's balcony at the end of Scene 6?

4. At the beginning of Scene 7, who informs Cyrano that a crowd wishes to see him outside?

5. What musical metaphor does Roxane use to describe love in Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Cyrano truly detest Montfleury?

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

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

9. Describe Lise.

10. What plan do Cyrano and Christian hatch by the end of Scene 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cyrano de Bergerac is an individualist of the highest order. His sense of honor is self-contained, and he is unwilling to equivocate to appease a crowd. Write an essay about his willingness to make enemies in pursuit of honor:

Part 1) How does Cyrano place himself in conflict with virtually the entire city in the first act of the play? Why does he do this, and what does this say about him?

Part 2) Why does Cyrano turn down de Guiche's offer of patronage for his verses? What is the crux of his argument after the Comte storms out?

Part 3) Describe Cyrano's station in life at the end of the play? How is he regarded by both his friends and Paris as a whole? What is Rostand saying about the play of the good man in society?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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