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. To what English lord does Cyrano compare himself in Scene 10?

2. Who challenges Cyrano to a duel after he ejects Montfleury?

3. Who informs Cyrano that Roxane wishes to meet him?

4. Where does Roxane depart at the end of Scene 5?

5. What two vices does Cyrano proclaim to want to slay at the end of Scene 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cyrano consider himself a coward at the end of Scene 3?

2. What secret does Cyrano tell Christian in Scene 7?

3. What news of Cyrano does Ragueneau bring in Scene 3?

4. What offer does Christian make to Cyrano in Scene 9?

5. How does Roxane reason Cyrano's absence at his appointed time?

6. Why is Christian distraught at the end of Scene 8?

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

8. What lie does Cyrano tell Christian before he dies?

9. How does Cyrano explain Christian's uncertain poetry to Roxane?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Christian is in many ways the tragic figure of CYRANO DE BERGERAC. Write an essay on this assertion. What does he want at the beginning of the play, and why does he choose to involve Cyrano in this endeavor? In the end, how does CHristian end up accomplishing the opposite of what he wanted to?

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

The Comte de Guiche seems to be a simple villainous presence at the beginning of the play, but he proves to be one of the most dynamic figures of the narrative. Write an essay analyzing the Comte's transformation over the course of the play. What is the root of his villainy? Why does he suddenly change? What hopes and regrets does he express in Act 5?

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