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. When the monk returns at the beginning of Scene 11 looking for Magdeleine Robin, Cyrano claims to have misheard the latter name as what?

2. At the beginning of Scene 3, Roxane warns the Duenna not to tell who of her deceit?

3. When does Christian intend to declare his love to Roxane?

4. At the beginning of Scene 7, who informs Cyrano that a crowd wishes to see him outside?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What lie does Cyrano tell Christian before he dies?

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

3. According to Le Bret in Scene 2, How has Cyrano changed of late?

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

5. What does Roxane say about her surroundings at the beginning of Scene 4?

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

7. What secret does Cyrano tell Christian in Scene 7?

8. How does Christian realize that Cyrano loves Roxane in Scene 4?

9. In Scene 2, what news has de Guiche heard regarding Cyrano?

10. Describe Lise.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Throughout the play, Rostand uses caricatures of certain character types to create a sense of society at large. Write an essay about these caricatures - focusing on three - and what effect they create. What are they mocking? How do they create the impression of a status quo? How do major characters interact with them, and why?

Part 1) Monfleury

Part 2) The poets of Ragueneau's shop

Part 3) The sisters of the convent

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