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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. In Act 2, Scene 5, what does the Infanta confess to Leonor?
(a) That she plans to elope with Don Rodrigue.
(b) That she plans to elope with Don Diegue.
(c) That she lets her imagination run away with her.
(d) That she lies to Chimene.

2. In Act 2, Scene 2, who says he won't fight with someone not his equal, because there is no honor in it?
(a) Don Arias.
(b) Don Rodrigue.
(c) Don Diegue.
(d) Don Gomes.

3. Who is chosen by the King to tutor his son?
(a) Don Sanche.
(b) Don Rodrigue.
(c) Don Gomes.
(d) Don Diegue.

4. What does the Infanta fantasize happens, following the duel?
(a) The victor is imprisoned.I
(b) The victor is hers to love.
(c) The victor challenges another character to a duel.
(d) The victor marries Chimene.

5. In Act 1, Scene 2, the Infanta sends a messenger to which other character?
(a) Elvire.
(b) Chimene.
(c) Don Rodrigue.
(d) Don Sanche.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the second act opens, the King is angry with which character?

2. In the opinion of the King, who dishonors the King's judgment?

3. What is the relationship between Don Diegue and Don Rodrigue?

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

5. In Act 1, Scene 1, who assures Chimene that everything works out according to her hopes?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 4, Scene 1, when Chimene learns that Don Rodrigue is victorious in battle, she says that she joins the people of the kingdom in their celebration of his heroism, but still wants revenge on him for killing her father. Is she being honorable or stubborn?

2. It seems unlikely that Don Rodrigue, inexperienced in battle, suddenly becomes a great war hero. Prior to his duel with Don Gomes. In fact, Don Gomes is hesitant to fight against someone so inexperienced. Does this weak plot development hinder the integrity of the play?

3. In Act 2, Scene 3, what is the Infanta's advice to Chimene? Is this advice inspired by her sense of honor?

4. In Act 2, Scene 5, how does the Infanta's fantasy foreshadow future events in the play?

5. 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?

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

7. In Act 2, Scene 2, what does Don Rodrigue do, and is this action based on honor or love?

8. In Act 2, Scene 3, what does the Infanta say the King is trying to do? What does she think happens as a result? What is Chimene's reaction?

9. What does the sword represent, both in Act 1, Scene 5 and in Act 2, Scene 2?

10. Is the King's reaction to the dispute between Don Diegue and Don Gomes influenced by the impending invasion? Why or why not?

(see the answer keys)

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