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. Who does Cyrano chase from the shop at the end of Scene 4?

2. What false promise to the monk does Roxane claim is in de Guiche's letter?

3. Who climbs Roxane's balcony at the end of Scene 6?

4. What does Cyrano implore Roxane not to do in Scene 7?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What requests does Roxane make of Cyrano before leaving in Scene 3?

5. Describe Lise.

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

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

8. What new sadness has befallen Ragueneau at the beginning of Act 3?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the relationship between Cyrano and Christian. How do they develop from rivals, to conspirators, to two halves of the same soul? Why does Cyrano choose to help Christian, and how does ending this assistance become impossible as the play continues? In what ways is Christian present even after his death?

Essay Topic 2

The Comte de Guiche seems to be a simple villainous presence at the beginning of the play, but he proves to be one of the most dynamic figures of the narrative. Write an essay analyzing the Comte's transformation over the course of the play. What is the root of his villainy? Why does he suddenly change? What hopes and regrets does he express in Act 5?

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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