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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 brags that even the trial swings of his sword are master strokes?
(a) The King.
(b) Don Rodrigue.
(c) Don Diegue.
(d) Don Gomes.

2. In Act 2, Scene 6, which two characters discuss the possible invasion of the kingdom?
(a) The King and Don Arias.
(b) The King and Don Gomes.
(c) The King and Don Sanche.
(d) The King and Don Alonse.

3. Who says that all the Prince needs to do to learn to be a good warrior is study his record?
(a) Don Gomes.
(b) Don Rodrigue.
(c) Don Diegue.
(d) The King.

4. In Act 3, Scene 4, who refuses to look at the sword after it is drawn?
(a) Don Sanche.
(b) Elvire.
(c) Chimene.
(d) Don Rodrigue.

5. In Act 2, Scene 3, who comforts Chimene?
(a) Leonor.
(b) The Infanta.
(c) Don Gomes.
(d) Elvire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Leonor asks the Infanta what blunt question?

2. What is the physical disability suffered by Don Diegue?

3. In Act 1, Scene 4, who metaphorically urges his sword to take revenge?

4. Which character enters at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 5?

5. Who is the father of Chimene?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the emotions in Don Rodrigue's soliloquy.

3. Compare the actions of the Infanta with the actions of Chimene, in terms of honor. How do their actions reveal their differences?

4. Compare and contrast the main conversational threads in Act 1, Scene 1 and Act 1, Scene 2.

5. In Act 1, Scene 1, what do Chimene and Elvire say about Don Gomes?

6. Why does Don Diegue believe he is the best choice of tutor for the King's son?

7. 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?

8. What arguments does Chimene make, against Don Rodrigue purposely losing in the duel against Don Sanche?

9. 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?

10. In Act 3, Scene 4, Don Rodrigue offers Chimene his sword, but she refuses to take it or even look at it. Discuss the symbolism of this scene.

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