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Cyrano de Bergerac Teaching Unit
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- Review the biography of the historical Cyrano de Bergerac. Which incidents from the play are taken directly from his real life history?
- What power does Count de Guiche have to harm Roxane? How does she fight him? How would a woman in a similar situation today handle the problem?
- A popular theme in literature is the confl ict between appearance and reality. Cite incidents from this play to support the idea that this theme is a major one in Cyrano de Bergerac.
- List three reasons that this classic play remains popular today.
- What measures does Rostand take so that the audience is fully prepared for Cyrano’s appearance and to accept him as the romantic hero in this play?
- Write a brief character sketch of Christian. Consider whether or not he is an honorable man and if he is worthy of Roxane’s love. What evidence is there that Cyrano likes and respects Christian?
- Characters frequently evolve or grow by the end of the play. Discuss whether or not each of the following characters changes in the end and cite incidents from the play to support your answer: Cyrano, Count de Guiche, Roxane, and Ragueneau.
- Define “willing suspension of disbelief.” Briefly summarize one incident in this play that seems to be impossible or unbelievable. Discuss the ways that Rostand prepares the audience for this incident so that they are able to suspend their disbelief for the duration of the play.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.