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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 is the first thing that Cyrano notices about Christian in Scene 9?
2. Which of the following is not an animal that the cadets hope has been captured for food?
3. One cadet in Scene 2 offers all his lordly titles for what food?
4. Which of the following characters is not present at the beginning of Scene 1?
5. Which of the following is not a promise that Roxane demands of Cyrano at the end of Act 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the imaginary enemies Cyrano fights at the end of the play?
2. In Scene 2, what news has de Guiche heard regarding Cyrano?
3. Describe Cyrano in Scene 5.
4. Describe the state of the battle at the end of Act 4?
5. What declaration does Roxane make about the feast?
6. What does Roxane say about her surroundings at the beginning of Scene 4?
7. Why does Cyrano fear telling Roxane the truth regarding the letters?
8. Why does Cyrano wait so long to tell Roxane the truth?
9. How does the cadets' attitude toward the Comte de Guiche change in Scene 7?
10. How does Cyrano distract the Comte de Guiche while Roxane and Christian marry?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Cyrano de Bergerac is forever held prisoner by his inability to declare his love for Roxane. Write an essay about his continued resistance to admitting his feels for her, focusing on three parts:
Part 1) Why is Cyrano initially unwilling to declare his love to Roxane? How are his assaults on Montfleury and Valvert connected to this reticence?
Part 2) What decisions does Cyrano make regarding Christian and Roxane once he knows they care for each other? What does this say about Cyrano's attitude toward both and toward himself?
Part 3) Cyrano makes a conscious decision not to tell Roxane the truth regarding his letters to her after Christian dies. What is the root of this decision? What does this choice mean for the next 15 years of his life?
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 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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