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AP English Lit and Comp Comparison Quiz Study Guide
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In Arms and the Man, what is Raina's nickname for Bluntschli?
The chocolate cream soldier
In Arms and the Man, which of the characters from one of the other plays would Sergius be most likely to admire?
Cyrano de Bergerac
In Caesar and Cleoptra, the character traits of Julius Caesar are most similar to
Bluntschli in Arms and the Man
What was the true primary cause of the confusing situation in The Importance of Being Earnest?
The loss of a baby in a piece of luggage
When Cyrano learns that Roxanne could love him despite his personal ugliness, what does he do?
Maintains his silence over the truth of the letters because of his promise to dying Christian.
Which of the following characters changes dramatically from the beginning of the play to the end in terms of character traits and other qualities?
Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra
When Cyrano de Bergerac learns that a friend of his is afraid to go home because he knows that 100 enemies are waiting to ambush him, what does Cyrano do?
Heads for the friend's home and single-handedly defeats the 100 enemies.
Cleopatra sends a "gift" to Julius Caesar wrapped up in a carpet. What is it?
What did Raina put in the coat she gave Bluntschli when he left the house the first time? (Hint: it caused a significant problem when the coat was returned and her father found it.)
Which of the following best describes the last scene of Cyrano de Bergerac?
A dying Cyrano keeps his regular appointment with Roxanne, still refusing to tell her the truth, and dying with a powerful statement about his ideals.
During the latter half of the 19th century, artists debated the purpose of art. Some writers very much wanted to use their art to express what they felt were important ideas. Their literary works became the medium through which they communicated those ideas to the public. Others saw art as an experience for the public only. The artist created art for no other purpose than to provide some sort of experience for the public to enjoy. Discuss these contrasting points of view using your knowledge of these times and the plays Caesar and Cleopatra and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Every reader and critic of a piece of literature is allowed to come up with their own interpretation of the piece, but only the author can say what the purpose of the piece truly is. Anyone can say that a piece of art or literature was made just for them to enjoy, but this would not be fair to say without taking the author's or artists' intentions into consideration. Coming up with your own interpretation without considering what the author or artist intended only takes away from the true meaning of the poem, hurting the reader more than the author.
Caesar and Cleopatra, by Bernard Shaw, and The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, are both fictional plays. With that being said, it is understandable why anyone would claim that the authors wrote for the sole purpose of entertaining the public. Taking a deeper look into each play can unlock whether each play was written solely for entertainment, or if the author weaved in an important message for the audience.
Bernard Shaw admitted that Caesar and Cleopatra was a fictionalized account of the relationship between Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. Shaw is known to have talked about a lot of the symbolism in the play, signifying that the play was not only created for entertainment purposes, but held a lesson for the audience as well.
The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy, but just because a play is comedic does not denote the fact that it may hold an important message for the audience. In fact, the play has major themes such as: deceit, marriage, respect, and society. To say that a piece of literature or art was created solely for entertainment purposes of the audience, especially without taking the author's/artists' intentions into consideration, (I believe) is a very self-centered way at viewing pieces.
Many people look to literature in search of ideals of human behavior. The history of literature is filled with heroes of almost unimaginable power and skill. Other works show humans in a different light, often focusing on the kind of people we might meet in our own worlds. Discuss these contrasting points of view using your knowledge of the latter half of the 19th century and the plays Arms and the Man and Cyrano de Bergerac.
Arms and the Man, by Bernard Shaw, is an entertaining play that satirizes the romanticization and glorification of war. It takes place during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian war, and contains fiancés, Raina and Sergius, whom both end up leaving each other for more level-headed people, Bluntschli and Louka. Shaw writes Raina to be extremely dramatic, almost as though she knows her life is in a play. This is interesting because not everyone cancels a wedding to immediately go into a relationship, especially both partners at the same time.
On the other hand, we have Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand. This play is based upon a man that goes by the name of Cyrano de Bergerac, but is fictionalized and embellished. In the play, Cyrano is a cadet in the French Army, and is a man of many talents. However, he has a very large nose that contributes to his insecurities and self-doubt. This affects his confidence and his willingness to go after things he loves, such as Roxanne. This is relatable to many people, even today, because everyone has insecurities. Everyone has something about themselves that they may not like, or maybe even hate. This is a completely natural human behavior.
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