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 two "serpents" does Christian claim his love has strangled?

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

3. At the beginning of Scene 7, who informs Cyrano that a crowd wishes to see him outside?

4. What does Cyrano demand Christian do in the first line of Scene 10?

5. Who does Cyrano strike at the end of Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cyrano truly detest Montfleury?

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

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

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

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

6. What job is Cyrano given in Scene 12?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the dynamic between Cyrano and the Comte de Guiche. Use the several insults that Cyrano deal de Guiche throughout the play as framework for the essay. Why does Cyrano deal the nobleman these slights, and how does de Guiche respond? Who pays for these slights? Does either man ultimately change as a result of this dynamic?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, Rostand uses caricatures of certain character types to create a sense of society at large. Write an essay about these caricatures - focusing on three - and what effect they create. What are they mocking? How do they create the impression of a status quo? How do major characters interact with them, and why?

Part 1) Monfleury

Part 2) The poets of Ragueneau's shop

Part 3) The sisters of the convent

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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