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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Cyrano do every morning before dawn?
2. In Scene 4, what is brought out in preparation for Cyrano?
3. Which famous French writer does Ragueneau accuse in Scene 6 of stealing words from Cyrano?
4. Which of the following is not a location that Cyrano guesses he is while stalling de Guiche?
5. How does de Guiche's voice change after he decides to stay and fight?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the dynamic between Cyrano and the Comte de Guiche. Use the several insults that Cyrano deal de Guiche throughout the play as framework for the essay. Why does Cyrano deal the nobleman these slights, and how does de Guiche respond? Who pays for these slights? Does either man ultimately change as a result of this dynamic?
Essay Topic 2
The world of Cyrano de Bergerac is one in which good and kind people are often punished for their better graces. Write an essay on the harshness of this France, focusing on three characters:
Part 1) Ragueneau is a lover of beautiful things and a sharer of his livelihood with the less fortunate. How does the world, particularly in relationship to his marriage and his poetry, repay him?
Part 2) Carbon and Le Bret deeply love their troops and will do anything to ensure their safety. Where does this lead them as commanders? Are the elite Gascony Cadets treated with respect in the end?
Part 3) Cyrano has the firmest moral compass int he play. How does this put him in contention with more powerful men? What is the state of his life at the end of the play?
Essay Topic 3
Cyrano is renowned in the play not only as a warrior and leader, but also as an artist. Write an essay about Cyrano the artist. How does he bring beauty and verse into every aspect of his being? Does he consider art a profession? Does he intend to make money from it? Cite examples from the text in answering these questions.
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