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

2. For whose benefit do the cadets demand Cyrano tell the story of his recent victory over the brigands?

3. To which two classical figures does Cyrano compare Roxane in Scene 5?

4. In Scene 7, behind what does Cyrano tell Roxane his heart cowers?

5. In Scene 4, how does Cyrano think Christian looks when he enters?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Christian insult Cyrano's nose in Scene 9?

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

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

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

5. How is Christian resistant to Cyrano in Scene 4?

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

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

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

9. Why hasn't Cyrano professed his love to Roxane?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, Cyrano combines his desire for glory in battle with his desire to create beautiful verses. Write an essay about this unity of combat and rhyme. What does Cyrano do to add an aura of melody to his combat? Who does he take with him? What is the public reaction to this aplomb?

Part 1) Cyrano's duel with Valvert

Part 2) Cyrano's fending off of the 100 ruffians

Part 3) The Gascony Guard's stand against the Spanish at Arras

Essay Topic 2

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 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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