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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. Who says, sarcastically, that the Prince cannot have a better tutor?

2. In Act 2, Scene 6, what advice does Don Sanche give the King?

3. In Act 2, Scene 8, which two characters vie for the King's attention?

4. In Act 2, Scene 1, Don Gomes says he can still live, even if which of the following occurs?

5. At the end of Act 3, Scene 4, what does Chimene say when another character tries to comfort her?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Infanta says she no longer loves Don Rodrigue, but now loves "Le Cid", the hero. What does she mean by this statement?

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

3. Why does the Infanta say that the wedding of Chimene and Don Rodrigue simultaneously means death and life to her?

4. In Act 1, Scene 4, Don Diegue speaks in soliloquy. Describe his emotions and complaints.

5. Act 1, Scenes 1 and 2, contain all dialogue and no action. What is the dramatic purpose of these scenes?

6. 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?

7. Describe Don Diegue's defense of his son, Don Rodrigue, in Act 2, Scene 8?

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 4, Scene 2, how does Chimene respond when the Infanta tries to comfort her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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