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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1, where does Don Rodrigue arrive?
2. As the second act opens, the King is angry with which character?
3. Don Arias believes whose arrogance gets him into trouble?
4. Leonor asks the Infanta what blunt question?
5. The King chooses which sort of person to tutor his son?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. Why does the Infanta encourage a relationship between Chimene and Don Rodrigue, even though she is in love with him?
3. In Act 2, Scene 5, how does the Infanta's fantasy foreshadow future events in the play?
4. 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?
5. In Act 2, Scene 2, what does Don Rodrigue do, and is this action based on honor or love?
6. What arguments does Chimene make, against Don Rodrigue purposely losing in the duel against Don Sanche?
7. In Act 4, Scene 2, how does Chimene respond when the Infanta tries to comfort her?
8. In Act 1, Scene 4, Don Diegue speaks in soliloquy. Describe his emotions and complaints.
9. In Act 5, Scene 4, Chimene complains that no matter how the duel turns out, she loses. Either she loses her last chance to avenge her father's death, or she has to grieve the death of Don Rodrigue. How does this statement reveal the character of Chimene? How does Elvire respond?
10. What does the sword represent, both in Act 1, Scene 5 and in Act 2, Scene 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In "Le Cid", the sword represents the violent pursuit of honor. Don Rodrigue uses the sword to defend his father's honor, then later he honorably offers it to Chimene to uphold her father's honor. The same sword, defending honor every time, can be used at cross purposes. This shows that honor isn't an absolute, but rather is relative to every person's individual perspective. What, in your opinion, is the playwright's view of honor?
Essay Topic 2
If Don Gomes is chosen to tutor the King's son rather than Don Diegue, how does the play progress differently? Is there still a duel between Don Gomes and Don Diegue? If so or if not, how does this outcome affect Don Rodrigue, Chimene, and the Infanta?
Essay Topic 3
The Infanta best represents the play's thematic statement that it is possible for love and honor to live in balance with each other. Give several examples of the Infanta's ability to balance honor with other considerations.
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