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

2. At the beginning of Scene 6, Roxane thanks Cyrano for teaching who a lesson?

3. What does Cyrano demand Christian do in the first line of Scene 10?

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

5. What act does Cyrano tell Roxane not to miss at Clomire's before she leaves in Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lise.

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

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

4. Why does Cyrano decide to convince Roxane to kiss Christian?

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

6. What job is Cyrano given in Scene 12?

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

8. What offer does de Guiche make Cyrano, and why does Cyrano refuse?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cyrano de Bergerac is an individualist of the highest order. His sense of honor is self-contained, and he is unwilling to equivocate to appease a crowd. Write an essay about his willingness to make enemies in pursuit of honor:

Part 1) How does Cyrano place himself in conflict with virtually the entire city in the first act of the play? Why does he do this, and what does this say about him?

Part 2) Why does Cyrano turn down de Guiche's offer of patronage for his verses? What is the crux of his argument after the Comte storms out?

Part 3) Describe Cyrano's station in life at the end of the play? How is he regarded by both his friends and Paris as a whole? What is Rostand saying about the play of the good man in society?

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

Much of the conflict in Cyrano de Bergerac seems to stem from individuals - Valvert, de Guiche, Christian - but the true conflict in the play is rooted in a more ethereal struggle, one of honor versus selfishness and expediency. Write an essay about this struggle, using Cyrano's final tirade as a frame. How has he combated his ancient enemies, and how does this combat manifest itself in the whole of the plot? In what way does Cyrano represent honor in its raw form?

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