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 item did the Comte de Guiche lose in his most recent assault?

2. Which of the following is not an animal that the cadets hope has been captured for food?

3. What weapon has wounded Carbon at the end of Act 4?

4. Why does de Guiche have such difficulty finding Roxane's house at the beginning of Scene 13?

5. What has attracted the Comte de Guiche to the camp at the beginning of Scene 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the state of the battle at the end of Act 4?

2. How does Christian realize that Cyrano loves Roxane in Scene 4?

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

4. What offer does Christian make to Cyrano in Scene 9?

5. How does the cadets' attitude toward the Comte de Guiche change in Scene 7?

6. What declaration does Roxane make about the feast?

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

8. Describe the setting of Act 5.

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

10. Why do Le Bret and Carbon call on Cyrano at the end of Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cyrano finds solace in writing letters under Christian's name. Write an essay about his ability finally to speak his heart through the more attractive man's voice. How does this come about? What is he able to say, and at what point does he realize he has wooed Roxane and not Christian? Focus on three parts in the script:

Part 1) The balcony scene

Part 2) The letters during the siege

Part 3) Christian's farewell letter

Essay Topic 2

Cyrano de Bergerac is a friend to the common man and a fierce enemy to hypocrisy and pompousness. Write an essay about his various successes in humbling the soft upper crust of Paris. What does he dislike about each of these adversaries? How does he humble them, and what are the consequences?

Part 1) Montfleury

Part 2) Valvert

Part 3) The Comte de Guiche in Act 4

Essay Topic 3

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?

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