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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 fairy tale does Roxane reference in Scene 5 in discussing her journey?
2. In what does Cyrano blame his tardiness at the beginning of Scene 5?
3. One cadet in Scene 2 offers all his lordly titles for what food?
4. How does de Guiche's voice change after he decides to stay and fight?
5. What weapon has wounded Carbon at the end of Act 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Roxane say about her surroundings at the beginning of Scene 4?
2. How does Roxane make her way to the Gascony cadets?
3. Why does Cyrano wait so long to tell Roxane the truth?
4. Describe the state of the battle at the end of Act 4?
5. What revenge does de Guiche take on Cyrano and Christian in Scene 14?
6. How does Christian realize that Cyrano loves Roxane in Scene 4?
7. How has Roxane's love changed in the months since the siege?
8. How does the cadets' attitude toward the Comte de Guiche change in Scene 7?
9. How does Cyrano embarrass the Comte de Guiche in Scene 4?
10. Why do Le Bret and Carbon call on Cyrano at the end of Scene 1?
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
Roxane develops from a mere object of affection into a fully-dimensional strong-willed character. Chart this transition in an essay. How does Roxane appear in the first act of the play? Is her role active, or merely objective to male characters? By scene 4, how has she transformed herself? What bold actions does she undertake without assistance from others?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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