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. Where does Cyrano appear in Scene 3?

2. Which of the following items is not a part of Cyrano's dinner?

3. For whose benefit do the cadets demand Cyrano tell the story of his recent victory over the brigands?

4. At what time is Roxane meeting Cyrano?

5. What famous historical figure does the Comte de Guiche claim as his uncle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Cyrano delay Christian's kiss in Scene 10?

4. How does Cyrano react to the loutish Citizen's attack on his nose?

5. What point does Cyrano make in Scene 8 about patronage of the arts?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, Cyrano combines his desire for glory in battle with his desire to create beautiful verses. Write an essay about this unity of combat and rhyme. What does Cyrano do to add an aura of melody to his combat? Who does he take with him? What is the public reaction to this aplomb?

Part 1) Cyrano's duel with Valvert

Part 2) Cyrano's fending off of the 100 ruffians

Part 3) The Gascony Guard's stand against the Spanish at Arras

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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