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Research the life of Cardinal Richelieu (whose niece de Guiche is married to in the play) and explain how a knowledge of Richelieu's role in French history can expand a reader's understanding of de Guiche's character.

Look in a historical source to discover what life was like in seventeenth-century France. Then, compare and contrast your findings with the presentation of French life in Cyrano de Bergerac.

In the play, Cyrano and the Guards fight the Spanish at the seize of Arras. Investigate the causes and effects of this battle and explain why Rostand would use it in his play.

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