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 Lise use as wrapping for Ragueneau's food?

2. In his long monologue of Scene 8, Cyrano mentions the name of his editor. Who is it?

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

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

5. What does Cyrano do at the end of Scene 6 to draw Roxane's attention?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Cyrano truly detest Montfleury?

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

8. Describe the scene at the beginning of the play.

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

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

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

The world of Cyrano de Bergerac is one in which good and kind people are often punished for their better graces. Write an essay on the harshness of this France, focusing on three characters:

Part 1) Ragueneau is a lover of beautiful things and a sharer of his livelihood with the less fortunate. How does the world, particularly in relationship to his marriage and his poetry, repay him?

Part 2) Carbon and Le Bret deeply love their troops and will do anything to ensure their safety. Where does this lead them as commanders? Are the elite Gascony Cadets treated with respect in the end?

Part 3) Cyrano has the firmest moral compass int he play. How does this put him in contention with more powerful men? What is the state of his life at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Roxane develops from a mere object of affection into a fully-dimensional strong-willed character. Chart this transition in an essay. How does Roxane appear in the first act of the play? Is her role active, or merely objective to male characters? By scene 4, how has she transformed herself? What bold actions does she undertake without assistance from others?

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