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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 1, Scenes 4 and 6, which two characters speak in soliloquies?

2. In Act 2, Scene 4, the messenger reports that the two characters who leave the palace are doing what?

3. Who prays for finding joy in the happiness of others?

4. The Infanta imagines what happens to Don Rodrigue, following the duel?

5. Which character worries that he loses the love of Chimene?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 4, Scene 1, when Chimene learns that Don Rodrigue is victorious in battle, she says that she joins the people of the kingdom in their celebration of his heroism, but still wants revenge on him for killing her father. Is she being honorable or stubborn?

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

3. 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?

4. Why is it ironic that Don Gomes admires Don Rodrigue's sense of honor?

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

6. In Act 1, Scene 2, the Infanta is faced with a conflict between love and honor. What does she hope to gain, by choosing honor?

7. In Act 2, Scene 5, how does the Infanta's fantasy foreshadow future events in the play?

8. In Act 3, Scene 5, Don Diegue laments in soliloquy about his unhappiness since the duel is fought. Don Diegue's son follows his wishes in defending his honor, and yet he is not happy. What emotional punishments must Don Diegue endure?

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

10. Why does the Infanta encourage a relationship between Chimene and Don Rodrigue, even though she is in love with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Research and discuss the history of the duel as a means of resolving disputes. Based on custom at the time of the play, is Don Diegue justified in asking his son, Don Rodrigue, to fight for his honor in a duel? Is Chimene justified in asking a suitor she does not love, Don Sanche, to fight for her father's honor in a duel? Why does the King at first refuse to allow a duel between Don Rodrigue and Don Sanche?

Essay Topic 2

Chimene and Don Rodrigue both say that without honor, they wouldn't be deserving of each others' love. Ironically, if they both uphold their sense of honor, they can never be together. Other than arranging a duel between Don Rodrigue and Don Sanche, how can Chimene and Don Rodrigue resolve their dilemma?

Essay Topic 3

If Don Gomes is chosen to tutor the King's son rather than Don Diegue, how does the play progress differently? Is there still a duel between Don Gomes and Don Diegue? If so or if not, how does this outcome affect Don Rodrigue, Chimene, and the Infanta?

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