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. What act does Cyrano tell Roxane not to miss at Clomire's before she leaves in Scene 3?

2. What part of Cyrano's body is injured in Scene 3?

3. Which of the following is not a person who arrives to see the play-within-the-play in the first scene?

4. What emotion does Roxane display when reading de Guiche's letter to the monk?

5. What two colors does Cyrano use to describe Christian and Roxane in Scene 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Roxane incorrectly assume when she see's Ragueneau and Le Bret exit in Scene 3?

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

3. Why are the troops starving at the beginning of Act 4?

4. How do Cyrano and Christian intend to speak to Roxane at the end of Scene 6?

5. Why does Cyrano truly detest Montfleury?

6. How does Roxane bring food to the troops?

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

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

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

10. Describe Lise.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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