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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. At what part of Roxanne's body does Christian marvel when she embraces him in Scene 5?
2. Who does Cyrano quote in Scene 6 to explain the nature of his murder?
3. Which famous French writer does Ragueneau accuse in Scene 6 of stealing words from Cyrano?
4. One cadet in Scene 2 offers all his lordly titles for what food?
5. What does Roxane say she followed to find Arras?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Cyrano's relationship with Roxane in Act 5?
2. In Scene 2, what news has de Guiche heard regarding Cyrano?
3. How does Cyrano embarrass the Comte de Guiche in Scene 4?
4. What news of Cyrano does Ragueneau bring in Scene 3?
5. What revenge does de Guiche take on Cyrano and Christian in Scene 14?
6. What lie does Cyrano tell Christian before he dies?
7. Describe the state of the battle at the end of Act 4?
8. How does Roxane discover that Cyrano is her true suitor?
9. How does Cyrano distract the Comte de Guiche while Roxane and Christian marry?
10. What secret does Cyrano tell Christian in Scene 7?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the dynamic between Cyrano and the Comte de Guiche. Use the several insults that Cyrano deal de Guiche throughout the play as framework for the essay. Why does Cyrano deal the nobleman these slights, and how does de Guiche respond? Who pays for these slights? Does either man ultimately change as a result of this dynamic?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the relationship between Le Bret and Cyrano. As the protagonist's foil, what information does Le Bret provide the audience at the beginning of the play? Throughout the ensuing four acts, what new information does Le Bret draw? How does Rostand create a relationship that allows this disclosure to occur organically?
Essay Topic 3
The Comte de Guiche seems to be a simple villainous presence at the beginning of the play, but he proves to be one of the most dynamic figures of the narrative. Write an essay analyzing the Comte's transformation over the course of the play. What is the root of his villainy? Why does he suddenly change? What hopes and regrets does he express in Act 5?
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