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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Through what building does Le Bret exit at the end of Scene 3?
2. Which is the first instrument that Cyrano instructs be played in Scene 3?
3. What in the below list is not among the groups that Cyrano regularly attacks in his writing, according to Le Bret?
4. At what part of Roxanne's body does Christian marvel when she embraces him in Scene 5?
5. On what does Cyrano blame his fainting in Scene 5?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A major dynamic in CYRANO DE BERGERAC is the conflict between the physical appearance and the soul. Write an essay about this dynamic, focusing on Cyrano and Christian. What does each represent in terms of this theme? How do Roxane's changing attitudes toward her composite wooer reflect the balance in this ethereal struggle?
Essay Topic 2
Roxane develops from a mere object of affection into a fully-dimensional strong-willed character. Chart this transition in an essay. How does Roxane appear in the first act of the play? Is her role active, or merely objective to male characters? By scene 4, how has she transformed herself? What bold actions does she undertake without assistance from others?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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