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. Don Arias believes whose arrogance gets him into trouble?

2. What is the physical disability suffered by Don Diegue?

3. In Act 3, Scene 4, Chimene tells Don Rodrigue she never finds comfort in him again for what reason?

4. Who does the King thank for his honesty?

5. Who says that all the Prince needs to do to learn to be a good warrior is study his record?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Chimene learns that Don Rodrigue is in fact alive, what does she request? What arrangements are eventually made, by the end of Act 4, Scene 5?

2. What does Don Rodrigue say happens if he dies in the duel against Don Sanche?

3. Why does Don Gomes believe he is the best choice of tutor for the King's son?

4. What function does Leonor serve in Act 2, Scene 5?

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

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

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

8. Why does Don Gomes feel there is no honor in dueling with Don Rodrigue?

9. Although Chimene loves Don Rodrigue, in Act 2, Scene 8 she begs the King to punish him for killing her father. Detail her arguments.

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 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

Research the historical record of the real "Le Cid" or "El Cid." Compare the story of the real man to the Pierre Corneille version.

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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