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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 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

Essay Topic 1

Cyrano de Bergerac is forever held prisoner by his inability to declare his love for Roxane. Write an essay about his continued resistance to admitting his feels for her, focusing on three parts:

Part 1) Why is Cyrano initially unwilling to declare his love to Roxane? How are his assaults on Montfleury and Valvert connected to this reticence?

Part 2) What decisions does Cyrano make regarding Christian and Roxane once he knows they care for each other? What does this say about Cyrano's attitude toward both and toward himself?

Part 3) Cyrano makes a conscious decision not to tell Roxane the truth regarding his letters to her after Christian dies. What is the root of this decision? What does this choice mean for the next 15 years of his life?

Essay Topic 2

Cyrano finds solace in writing letters under Christian's name. Write an essay about his ability finally to speak his heart through the more attractive man's voice. How does this come about? What is he able to say, and at what point does he realize he has wooed Roxane and not Christian? Focus on three parts in the script:

Part 1) The balcony scene

Part 2) The letters during the siege

Part 3) Christian's farewell letter

Essay Topic 3

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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