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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. Which of the following items is not something the cadets seek out at the beginning of Scene 6?
2. Who reenters at the end of Scene 3?
3. In what state did Ragueneau leave Cyrano before coming to the convent?
4. What does de Guiche notice immediately about the first soldier he approaches in Scene 7?
5. To which Greek god does Roxane compare Christian in Scene 8?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the state of the battle at the end of Act 4?
2. How does Roxane make her way to the Gascony cadets?
3. What does Roxane incorrectly assume when she see's Ragueneau and Le Bret exit in Scene 3?
4. Why does Cyrano wait so long to tell Roxane the truth?
5. What does Roxane say about her surroundings at the beginning of Scene 4?
6. How does Christian realize that Cyrano loves Roxane in Scene 4?
7. How does the cadets' attitude toward the Comte de Guiche change in Scene 7?
8. According to Le Bret in Scene 2, How has Cyrano changed of late?
9. What offer does Christian make to Cyrano in Scene 9?
10. How does Cyrano embarrass the Comte de Guiche in Scene 4?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
The idea of honor in CYRANO DE BERGERAC becomes synonymous with the idea of soldiery. Focusing on Le Bret, Carbon, and the cadets of Act 4, write an essay on the the lionization of the career soldier. How do these characters deal with adverse circumstances? What do they idolize and what do they revile? How do they react to the extremities of Cyrano?
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