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 does Cyrano warn the officers at the theatre not to do as the ruffians attack?

2. What word is Roxane unable to utter when she returns to the window in Scene 10?

3. What aspect of Christian's character does Cyrano forget as he woos Roxane in Scene 10?

4. At what time is Roxane meeting Cyrano?

5. Under what name did Roxane go when she was younger?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Lise.

3. How does Cyrano get rid of the Duenna?

4. What does Roxane say about her surroundings at the beginning of Scene 4?

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

6. What plan do Cyrano and Christian hatch by the end of Scene 10?

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

8. What revenge does de Guiche take on Cyrano and Christian in Scene 14?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Love is an ambiguous force in Cyrano de Bergerac. It guides many character's actions, both for good and for ill. Write an essay about Rostand's ambiguous attitude toward love:

Part 1) Christian loves Roxane completely, which blind him to the reality of his relationship with her. How does he pay for this love, and who else pay for it in the long run?

Part 2) To what extent do both Montfleury and Valvert pay for their romantic desires? What do they have in common and what do they respectively lose?

Part 3) The Comte de Guiche is consumed by his love for Roxane. Analyze how this all-engrossing love is the catalyst for both his most eveil acts and his finest.

Essay Topic 2

Cyrano de Bergerac is a friend to the common man and a fierce enemy to hypocrisy and pompousness. Write an essay about his various successes in humbling the soft upper crust of Paris. What does he dislike about each of these adversaries? How does he humble them, and what are the consequences?

Part 1) Montfleury

Part 2) Valvert

Part 3) The Comte de Guiche in Act 4

Essay Topic 3

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?

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