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Cyrano de Bergerac Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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



2. What part of Cyrano's body is injured in Scene 3?



3. Which of the following is not a person who arrives to see the play-within-the-play in the first scene?



4. What emotion does Roxane display when reading de Guiche's letter to the monk?



5. What two colors does Cyrano use to describe Christian and Roxane in Scene 9?



Short Essay Questions

1. What does Roxane incorrectly assume when she see's Ragueneau and Le Bret exit in Scene 3?



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



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



4. How do Cyrano and Christian intend to speak to Roxane at the end of Scene 6?



5. Why does Cyrano truly detest Montfleury?



6. How does Roxane bring food to the troops?



7. How does Roxane reason Cyrano's absence at his appointed time?



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



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



10. Describe Lise.



Essay Topics

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?

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?

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?

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