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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. How many ways of getting to the moon does Cyrano list before explaining his preferred method to de Guiche?
2. What does Christian insist he can do to help Cyrano?
3. Why does de Guiche have such difficulty finding Roxane's house at the beginning of Scene 13?
4. Why, according to Cyrano, do the Spanish troops never notice when he crosses their lines?
5. At the beginning of Scene 5, what is Cyrano afraid to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the cadets' attitude toward the Comte de Guiche change in Scene 7?
2. What declaration does Roxane make about the feast?
3. What offer does Christian make to Cyrano in Scene 9?
4. What does Roxane resolve to do at the end of Scene 5?
5. In Scene 2, what news has de Guiche heard regarding Cyrano?
6. How does Christian realize that Cyrano loves Roxane in Scene 4?
7. Describe the setting of Act 5.
8. What secret does Cyrano tell Christian in Scene 7?
9. Why does Cyrano fear telling Roxane the truth regarding the letters?
10. How does Roxane reason Cyrano's absence at his appointed time?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the play, Rostand uses caricatures of certain character types to create a sense of society at large. Write an essay about these caricatures - focusing on three - and what effect they create. What are they mocking? How do they create the impression of a status quo? How do major characters interact with them, and why?
Part 1) Monfleury
Part 2) The poets of Ragueneau's shop
Part 3) The sisters of the convent
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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