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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. Who enters the scene at the end of Scene 6?
2. Why, according to Cyrano, do the Spanish troops never notice when he crosses their lines?
3. In what does Cyrano blame his tardiness at the beginning of Scene 5?
4. What does Mother Margaret forbid her Sisters from doing regarding Cyrano?
5. On what day does Cyrano customarily visit the convent?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Roxane incorrectly assume when she see's Ragueneau and Le Bret exit in Scene 3?
2. Describe the imaginary enemies Cyrano fights at the end of the play?
3. Describe the state of the battle at the end of Act 4?
4. How does Christian realize that Cyrano loves Roxane in Scene 4?
5. Why does Cyrano wait so long to tell Roxane the truth?
6. Describe Cyrano in Scene 5.
7. How does Roxane reason Cyrano's absence at his appointed time?
8. According to Le Bret in Scene 2, How has Cyrano changed of late?
9. Why do Le Bret and Carbon call on Cyrano at the end of Scene 1?
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
Cyrano de Bergerac is an individualist of the highest order. His sense of honor is self-contained, and he is unwilling to equivocate to appease a crowd. Write an essay about his willingness to make enemies in pursuit of honor:
Part 1) How does Cyrano place himself in conflict with virtually the entire city in the first act of the play? Why does he do this, and what does this say about him?
Part 2) Why does Cyrano turn down de Guiche's offer of patronage for his verses? What is the crux of his argument after the Comte storms out?
Part 3) Describe Cyrano's station in life at the end of the play? How is he regarded by both his friends and Paris as a whole? What is Rostand saying about the play of the good man in society?
Essay Topic 2
Love is an ambiguous force in Cyrano de Bergerac. It guides many character's actions, both for good and for ill. Write an essay about Rostand's ambiguous attitude toward love:
Part 1) Christian loves Roxane completely, which blind him to the reality of his relationship with her. How does he pay for this love, and who else pay for it in the long run?
Part 2) To what extent do both Montfleury and Valvert pay for their romantic desires? What do they have in common and what do they respectively lose?
Part 3) The Comte de Guiche is consumed by his love for Roxane. Analyze how this all-engrossing love is the catalyst for both his most eveil acts and his finest.
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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