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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 de Guiche recommend Cyrano do in Scene 2?
2. On what day does Cyrano customarily visit the convent?
3. Which of the following is not a promise that Roxane demands of Cyrano at the end of Act 3?
4. Who informs Cyrano of Christian's fatal wound?
5. What sin does Cyrano proudly confess to Sister Martha?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Roxane resolve to do at the end of Scene 5?
2. According to Le Bret in Scene 2, How has Cyrano changed of late?
3. What declaration does Roxane make about the feast?
4. Describe Cyrano in Scene 5.
5. How does Roxane reason Cyrano's absence at his appointed time?
6. Describe the setting of Act 5.
7. What does Roxane say about her surroundings at the beginning of Scene 4?
8. What revenge does de Guiche take on Cyrano and Christian in Scene 14?
9. How does Cyrano distract the Comte de Guiche while Roxane and Christian marry?
10. How does Roxane discover that Cyrano is her true suitor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The world of Cyrano de Bergerac is one in which good and kind people are often punished for their better graces. Write an essay on the harshness of this France, focusing on three characters:
Part 1) Ragueneau is a lover of beautiful things and a sharer of his livelihood with the less fortunate. How does the world, particularly in relationship to his marriage and his poetry, repay him?
Part 2) Carbon and Le Bret deeply love their troops and will do anything to ensure their safety. Where does this lead them as commanders? Are the elite Gascony Cadets treated with respect in the end?
Part 3) Cyrano has the firmest moral compass int he play. How does this put him in contention with more powerful men? What is the state of his life at the end of the play?
Essay Topic 2
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
Essay Topic 3
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
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