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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 the opinion of the King, who dishonors the King's judgment?
2. Which character has no fear of the King's punishment?
3. In Act 1, Scene 2, the Infanta sends a messenger to which other character?
4. Don Rodrigue tells Elvire he's come to visit for what reason?
5. In Act 2, Scene 6, how does the King plan to teach Don Gomes about respect?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Don Rodrigue remorseful, even though he wins the duel against Don Gomes?
2. Why does Chimene vow to kill herself after Don Rodrigue dies?
3. Act 1, Scene 3 includes obstacles to which two future events Chimene and Elvire anticipate in Scene 1?
4. Is the King's reaction to the dispute between Don Diegue and Don Gomes influenced by the impending invasion? Why or why not?
5. Why does Don Diegue believe he is the best choice of tutor for the King's son?
6. In Act 2, Scene 1, what is Don Gomes' attitude, regarding the King?
7. How does the Infanta respond to Chimene's renewed desire for vengeance?
8. When the Infanta decides, in Act 5, Scene 3, to let go of her fantasies and still support the love between Don Rodrigue and Chimene, is she acting out of love or honor?
9. Why does the Infanta say that the wedding of Chimene and Don Rodrigue simultaneously means death and life to her?
10. Describe the King's plan to test Chimene's love for Don Rodrigue. What is the result of the test?
Essay Topic 1
Who is the most admirable character in "Le Cid"? What qualities do you admire most about that character? Does the character you chose grow as a person or learn from mistakes over the course of the play? Is honor at or near the top of your list of admirable qualities?
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
Do you enjoy "Le Cid"? Why or why not? In your answer, consider matters of theme, characterization, plot, and entertainment value.
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