Cyrano de Bergerac Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. In Scene 4, what is brought out in preparation for Cyrano?

2. In Scene 6, one cadet tells Roxanne that he is crying for what reason?

3. Where does Roxane keep Christian's final letter to her?

4. What moment in the play does Cyrano claim to Roxane was the epitome of his life?

5. Which of the following is not an animal that the cadets hope has been captured for food?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roxane bring food to the troops?

2. How does Roxane discover that Cyrano is her true suitor?

3. Why do Le Bret and Carbon call on Cyrano at the end of Scene 1?

4. What secret does Cyrano tell Christian in Scene 7?

5. Describe the state of the battle at the end of Act 4?

6. What declaration does Roxane make about the feast?

7. What lie does Cyrano tell Christian before he dies?

8. What offer does Christian make to Cyrano in Scene 9?

9. What news of Cyrano does Ragueneau bring in Scene 3?

10. How does the cadets' attitude toward the Comte de Guiche change in Scene 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Within the overall arc of the love triangle among Cyrano, Roxane, and Christian, Rostand's play seems to contain many smaller plays within it. Each act of Cyrano de Bergerac contains a different tone to it, from broad farce, to military drama, to elegy. Write an essay about three of the five acts. What common themes do they have? How are they different in tone?

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

Throughout the play, Cyrano combines his desire for glory in battle with his desire to create beautiful verses. Write an essay about this unity of combat and rhyme. What does Cyrano do to add an aura of melody to his combat? Who does he take with him? What is the public reaction to this aplomb?

Part 1) Cyrano's duel with Valvert

Part 2) Cyrano's fending off of the 100 ruffians

Part 3) The Gascony Guard's stand against the Spanish at Arras

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