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. According to the poets of Scene 4, how many ruffians lie dying because of Cyrano's sword?

2. About what subject, according to Lise, will Ragueneau stop talking?

3. Where is Ligniere going at the end of Scene 2?

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

5. Upon what subject does Roxane expect Christian to speak this night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Lise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What requests does Roxane make of Cyrano before leaving in Scene 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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