Le Cid Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What lie does the King tell Chimene?

2. In Act 4, Scene 3, who is now called "Le Cid", since the invaders are repelled?

3. What does "Le Cid" believe people say if he dies in the duel?

4. Leonor says Chimene chooses Don Sanche to fight for her in the duel for what reason?

5. Why does the King lie to Chimene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The story of "Le Cid" is told countless times, in many different ways. Research one other version of the story -- poem, opera, play, or film -- and discuss ways in which it is similar to and different from the Pierre Corneille version.

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