Cyrano de Bergerac Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 do Carbon and Le Bret notice about de Guiche immediately on his entrance in Scene 4?

2. What time of day is the opening of Act 4?

3. In what month does this Act take place?

4. To which Greek god does Roxane compare Christian in Scene 8?

5. In Scene 4, what indicates to Roxane that Cyrano should have arrived?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cyrano distract the Comte de Guiche while Roxane and Christian marry?

2. According to Le Bret in Scene 2, How has Cyrano changed of late?

3. What does Roxane resolve to do at the end of Scene 5?

4. How does Roxane make her way to the Gascony cadets?

5. What lie does Cyrano tell Christian before he dies?

6. What does Roxane say about her surroundings at the beginning of Scene 4?

7. How does Cyrano embarrass the Comte de Guiche in Scene 4?

8. Describe the imaginary enemies Cyrano fights at the end of the play?

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?

Essay Topics

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

Write an essay about the relationship between Cyrano and Christian. How do they develop from rivals, to conspirators, to two halves of the same soul? Why does Cyrano choose to help Christian, and how does ending this assistance become impossible as the play continues? In what ways is Christian present even after his death?

Essay Topic 3

The Comte de Guiche seems to be a simple villainous presence at the beginning of the play, but he proves to be one of the most dynamic figures of the narrative. Write an essay analyzing the Comte's transformation over the course of the play. What is the root of his villainy? Why does he suddenly change? What hopes and regrets does he express in Act 5?

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