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 is the name of Ragueneau's shop?

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

3. In Scene 2, Ragueneau wraps an order of patties in a sonnet to whom?

4. How many enemies does Le Bret estimate Cyrano made this evening?

5. Which of the following is not an object to which Cyrano compares a kiss?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Lise.

8. Why does Cyrano truly detest Montfleury?

9. Describe the scene created when Ragueneau's poets enter the shop.

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

Ragueneau is a figure of much comedic value, a sort of kindly fool forever at the mercy of a hostile world. He is also on of Cyrano's greatest advocates. Write an essay about Ragueneau. What does he value in life, and why do these choices cause him so much pain? Why does he enter scenes when he does? Why do you think he ends in such ignominy?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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