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. The Infanta encourages a relationship between which two characters?

2. Who does the King imprison in the court?

3. Who does the Infanta love?

4. The Infanta offers to use her authority as Princess to imprison which character?

5. Who does the King thank for his honesty?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Describe the emotions in Don Rodrigue's soliloquy.

4. How does the Infanta respond to Chimene's renewed desire for vengeance?

5. Why does Chimene vow to kill herself after Don Rodrigue dies?

6. In Act 3, Scene 4, Don Rodrigue offers Chimene his sword, but she refuses to take it or even look at it. Discuss the symbolism of this scene.

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

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

9. In Act 3, Scene 1, why do Don Rodrigue and Elvire hide from Chimene?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the soliloquies in "Le Cid". Why are two of the soliloquies written in rhyming verse, as opposed to all other dialogue in the play? What is the effect of the rhyme on the audience? How do the soliloquies increase your knowledge of a character or advance the action?

Essay Topic 2

Chimene, Don Rodrigue, and the Infanta all feel great obligation toward their parents. All sacrifice their own desires to uphold their parents' honor and desires. Do you agree with their actions? Are there times when an adult child is justified in defying a parent's wishes?

Essay Topic 3

If Don Rodrigue fails to ward off the invaders in battle, and does not become the great hero, "Le Cid", how does the play progress differently? Is there a second duel, between Don Rodrigue and Don Sanche? If so or if not, how does this outcome affect Don Rodrigue, Chimene, and the Infanta? Does the King feel differently, regarding whether or not to punish Don Rodrigue?

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