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

3. Where does Cyrano appear in Scene 3?

4. What does Cyrano offer to Christian to aid him in his pursuit of Roxane?

5. What does Lise use as wrapping for Ragueneau's food?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the scene created when Ragueneau's poets enter the shop.

3. How does Cyrano react to the loutish Citizen's attack on his nose?

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

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

6. Describe the scene at the beginning of the play.

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

8. What offer does de Guiche make Cyrano, and why does Cyrano refuse?

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

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

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

The world of Cyrano de Bergerac is one in which good and kind people are often punished for their better graces. Write an essay on the harshness of this France, focusing on three characters:

Part 1) Ragueneau is a lover of beautiful things and a sharer of his livelihood with the less fortunate. How does the world, particularly in relationship to his marriage and his poetry, repay him?

Part 2) Carbon and Le Bret deeply love their troops and will do anything to ensure their safety. Where does this lead them as commanders? Are the elite Gascony Cadets treated with respect in the end?

Part 3) Cyrano has the firmest moral compass int he play. How does this put him in contention with more powerful men? What is the state of his life at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Much of the conflict in Cyrano de Bergerac seems to stem from individuals - Valvert, de Guiche, Christian - but the true conflict in the play is rooted in a more ethereal struggle, one of honor versus selfishness and expediency. Write an essay about this struggle, using Cyrano's final tirade as a frame. How has he combated his ancient enemies, and how does this combat manifest itself in the whole of the plot? In what way does Cyrano represent honor in its raw form?

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