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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Chimene love?
(a) Don Sanche.
(b) Don Gomes.
(c) The King.
(d) Don Rodrigue.

2. Which character worries that he loses the love of Chimene?
(a) Don Rodrigue.
(b) Don Diegue.
(c) Don Sanche.
(d) Don Gomes.

3. Who does the King imprison in the court?
(a) Don Rodrigue.
(b) Don Arias.
(c) Don Sanche.
(d) Don Diegue.

4. In Act 1, Scene 6, which character's soliloquy is in rhyming verse, rather than the play's typical blank verse?
(a) Don Sanche.
(b) Don Gomes.
(c) Don Diegue.
(d) Don Rodrigue.

5. In Act 2, Scene 6, what does the King do immediately, to protect the kingdom from the potential invasion?
(a) Evacuate the castle.
(b) Send Don Rodrigue to scout for information.
(c) Post a small additional guard.
(d) Fortify the castle.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 2, Scene 8, which two characters vie for the King's attention?

2. Who brags that even the trial swings of his sword are master strokes?

3. In Act 2, Scene 5, the Infanta believes which character wins the duel?

4. Why does the King not want to announce the impending invasion?

5. In Act 3, Scene 4, Don Rodrigue says he doesn't deserve Chimene's love if he doesn't have what?

Short Essay Questions

1. The two captured kings give Don Rodrigue the name, "Le Cid". This is, of course, the title of the play. Is this an appropriate title? Why or why not?

2. In Act 4, Scene 3, the King says he listens to Chimene politely, but no longer considers her request to punish Don Rodrigue. Why does the King make this decision?

3. Why is it ironic that Don Gomes admires Don Rodrigue's sense of honor?

4. The Infanta, in her soliloquy, says that love outlasts and transcends hate. This goes against the logic of most characters throughout the play, who act more out of hate (in the name of honor) than out of love. How does this soliloquy reinforce the main theme of the play?

5. In Act 2, Scene 6, does the King believe Don Gomes' actions are honorable, since Don Diegue is appointed as tutor? Why or why not?

6. What does Don Rodrigue say happens if he dies in the duel against Don Sanche?

7. Describe the conversation between Don Diegue and Don Rodrigue, regarding the impending invasion.

8. In Act 5, Scene 1, Chimene asks Don Rodrigue why he expects to die at the hand of Don Sanche, when he is so successful against her father and in battle. Describe his response.

9. In Act 3, Scene 1, why do Don Rodrigue and Elvire hide from Chimene?

10. In Act 2, Scene 1, what is Don Gomes' attitude, regarding the King?

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