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. In Act 4, Scene 5, who accompanies Chimene to see the King?

2. Why is neither competitor dead, following the duel?

3. Don Rodrigue says that it is dishonorable to be what?

4. In Act 4, Scene 2, what does Chimene urge the Infanta to do?

5. The King says that, given the actions of "Le Cid", he treats Chimene in what manner?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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