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

2. Upon what subject does Roxane expect Christian to speak this night?

3. What does Cyrano give Bellerose at the end of Scene 4?

4. To what English lord does Cyrano compare himself in Scene 10?

5. What action in Scene 2 signifies that the play-within-the-play is about to begin?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the cadets' attitude toward the Comte de Guiche change in Scene 7?

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

3. How does Cyrano embarrass the Comte de Guiche in Scene 4?

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

5. How does Roxane prevent Christian's going to battle in Scene 2?

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

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

8. Why does Ragueneau expect Cyrano at the play?

9. What is Cyrano's relationship with Roxane in Act 5?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A major dynamic in CYRANO DE BERGERAC is the conflict between the physical appearance and the soul. Write an essay about this dynamic, focusing on Cyrano and Christian. What does each represent in terms of this theme? How do Roxane's changing attitudes toward her composite wooer reflect the balance in this ethereal struggle?

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