Don Quixote Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Give a physical description of Quizada before he transforms himself into Don Quixote.

He is a lean gentleman, well dressed, strong for his age of over fifty, and a lover of hunting.

2. Describe how Cervantes suggests that Don Quixote descends into madness.

He reads day and night from his books about knighthood until his brain dries up and he loses his wits.

3. Describe Rocinante.

Don Quixote's horse is long and lank. He is hollow and lean with a sharp backbone and deteriorated by consumption.

4. Describe how Cervantes presents Sancho as one motivated by money.

First he asks Don Quixote for an isle he can govern. Then, when he hears about Quixote's balm that will heal all wounds and diseases, he wants to exchange the isle for the recipe which he figures he can sell for two reals an ounce.

5. Summarize Don Quixote's idea of the Golden Age.

The age where men are at one with the world and the problems that ravage the world in modern times do not exist is what Quixote finds in reading his books of chivalry which all took place in a more peaceful, honorable time.

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