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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Act 4, Scene 3, who is now called "Le Cid", since the invaders are repelled?
2. Why is neither competitor dead, following the duel?
3. Who apologizes to the King for speaking rashly?
4. Don Rodrigue says that it is dishonorable to be what?
5. What is the meaning of "Le Cid"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
A cornerstone of democracy is the right of all citizens to question their government, and to protest or overturn laws when an injustice exists. In a monarchy, however, such as the one in "Le Cid", the people do not have such rights. In "Le Cid", a sense of honor causes some characters to act against the wishes of the King. Which characters come to mind, in this regard? Is it possible, by the end of the play, for those characters to balance personal honor against an obligation to honor the King'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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