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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 word is Roxane unable to utter when she returns to the window in Scene 10?

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

3. What does one cadet say Christian will look like after Cyrano is finished with him?

4. What musical metaphor does Roxane use to describe love in Scene 5?

5. Where is Ligniere going at the end of Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the scene at the beginning of the play.

5. What job is Cyrano given in Scene 12?

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

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

8. Why does Ragueneau expect Cyrano at the play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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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