Le Cid Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 2, Don Rodrigue is motivated by which emotion?

2. In Act 2, Scene 4, which character bursts into tears and exits, believing the duel begins?

3. Which character has no fear of the King's punishment?

4. Who does the King ask to escort Chimene home?

5. In Act 2, Scene 2, which character is challenged to a duel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the internal conflict described in soliloquy by Don Rodrigue, in Act 1, Scene 6.

2. Why is Don Rodrigue remorseful, even though he wins the duel against Don Gomes?

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

4. 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?

5. Act 1, Scene 3 includes obstacles to which two future events Chimene and Elvire anticipate in Scene 1?

6. How does Chimene respond to the offer made by Don Sanche? What does this response reveal about her character?

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

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

9. In Act 2, Scene 5, do the Infanta's words indicate a greater concern for honor or for love?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The play "Le Cid" features two love triangles. Who are the three characters in each triangle, and what are their feelings for each other? Do the triangles overlap? Are the characters in the love triangles honorable? How could these characters best balance honor, love, and morality to achieve peace or joy?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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