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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. Why does Cyrano fear telling Roxane the truth of the letters?
2. Which two characters are alone onstage at the beginning of Scene 3?
3. What, according to Cyrano, is still Christian's in the letter?
4. Who attends Roxane throughout Scene 4?
5. In Scene 6, one cadet tells Roxanne that he is crying for what reason?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Le Bret in Scene 2, How has Cyrano changed of late?
2. What lie does Cyrano tell Christian before he dies?
3. Why does Cyrano fear telling Roxane the truth regarding the letters?
4. How does the cadets' attitude toward the Comte de Guiche change in Scene 7?
5. Why does Cyrano wait so long to tell Roxane the truth?
6. What does Roxane incorrectly assume when she see's Ragueneau and Le Bret exit in Scene 3?
7. What news of Cyrano does Ragueneau bring in Scene 3?
8. How does Roxane bring food to the troops?
9. Describe the imaginary enemies Cyrano fights at the end of the play?
10. How has Roxane's love changed in the months since the siege?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Christian is in many ways the tragic figure of CYRANO DE BERGERAC. Write an essay on this assertion. What does he want at the beginning of the play, and why does he choose to involve Cyrano in this endeavor? In the end, how does CHristian end up accomplishing the opposite of what he wanted to?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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
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