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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Chimene says her feelings echo those of the people in what way?
2. Don Rodrigue says that it is dishonorable to be what?
3. The Infanta says Chimene should no longer pursue vengeance for what reason?
4. What does Chimene say happens to "Le Cid's" honor if he loses the duel?
5. In Act 4, Scene 5, who accompanies Chimene to see the King?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the pros and cons of living a life based on honor above all else. Discuss the pros and cons of living a life based on happiness above all else. Which extreme do you choose to live by? Do you prefer to take the middle ground? Why or why not? Which character in "Le Cid" lives their life closest to the way you wish to live yours, in terms of the questions listed here?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "Le Cid". Does foreshadowing add to your enjoyment of the play? Does foreshadowing add to or take away from your sense of the characters and their free will? When the Infanta predicts that Don Rodrigue's victory in a duel leads to his later victory in battle, the idea seems far-fetched. When the prediction comes true, do you feel satisfied or manipulated?
Essay Topic 3
Chimene says that Don Rodrigue's death means death to her. The Infanta says that Don Rodrigue's marriage to Chimene means death to her. For each character, discuss whether she means her death as something literal or metaphorical. For each character, is her death a rational response to the loss of Don Rodrigue?
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