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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 does Christian repeatedly protest he will do if Cyrano does not help him in Scene 6?

2. What famous French literary figure appears in the fourth scene of the play?

3. What does Cyrano do at the end of Scene 6 to draw Roxane's attention?

4. Which of the following is not a food that one of Ragueneau's cooks brings him?

5. In Scene 7, Christian compares his love to two mythological figures: Cupid and whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Cyrano embrace Christian at the beginning of Scene 10?

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

4. How does Cyrano delay Christian's kiss in Scene 10?

5. With what has Ragueneau been preoccupied in Act 2?

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

7. What furtive disagreement do Christian and Cyrano has at the end of Scene 7?

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

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

10. What job is Cyrano given in Scene 12?

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

Cyrano de Bergerac is a friend to the common man and a fierce enemy to hypocrisy and pompousness. Write an essay about his various successes in humbling the soft upper crust of Paris. What does he dislike about each of these adversaries? How does he humble them, and what are the consequences?

Part 1) Montfleury

Part 2) Valvert

Part 3) The Comte de Guiche in Act 4

Essay Topic 3

Love is an ambiguous force in Cyrano de Bergerac. It guides many character's actions, both for good and for ill. Write an essay about Rostand's ambiguous attitude toward love:

Part 1) Christian loves Roxane completely, which blind him to the reality of his relationship with her. How does he pay for this love, and who else pay for it in the long run?

Part 2) To what extent do both Montfleury and Valvert pay for their romantic desires? What do they have in common and what do they respectively lose?

Part 3) The Comte de Guiche is consumed by his love for Roxane. Analyze how this all-engrossing love is the catalyst for both his most eveil acts and his finest.

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