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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. In Act 2, Scene 1, Don Gomes says he cannot endure life without what?

2. Act 1, Scene 2 introduces which thematic element?

3. In Act 2, Scene 4, who leaves the palace, according to the messenger?

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

5. In Act 2, Scene 1, Don Gomes believes the King overlooks his actions for what reason?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the final outcome of the play, regarding the future of Don Rodrigue and Chimene, along with the Infanta? How does this ending reinforce the main theme of the play?

3. Describe the King's plan to test Chimene's love for Don Rodrigue. What is the result of the test?

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

5. In Act 1, Scene 5, what does Don Diegue ask his son, Don Rodrigue, to do? Why does he ask him to do this?

6. What is Don Sanche's real motivation in offering to avenge the death of Chimene's father?

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

8. 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?

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

10. In Act 2, Scene 1, how does Don Arias try to help Don Gomes? Is his attempt successful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the relationship between Chimene and Don Sanche throughout the play. Does she care about him? Does she use him? Is she honorable toward him? Similarly, does he care about her? Does he use her? Is he honorable toward her?

Essay Topic 2

A cornerstone of democracy is the right of all citizens to question their government, and to protest or overturn laws when an injustice exists. In a monarchy, however, such as the one in "Le Cid", the people do not have such rights. In "Le Cid", a sense of honor causes some characters to act against the wishes of the King. Which characters come to mind, in this regard? Is it possible, by the end of the play, for those characters to balance personal honor against an obligation to honor the King's wishes?

Essay Topic 3

If Don Rodrigue fails to ward off the invaders in battle, and does not become the great hero, "Le Cid", how does the play progress differently? Is there a second duel, between Don Rodrigue and Don Sanche? If so or if not, how does this outcome affect Don Rodrigue, Chimene, and the Infanta? Does the King feel differently, regarding whether or not to punish Don Rodrigue?

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