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

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of Act 5, Scene 1, why does "Le Cid" expect to be defeated in the duel?

2. In Act 4, Scene 1, which two characters enter first?

3. Chimene says her feelings echo those of the people in what way?

4. Chimene is embarrassed when forced to admit what?

5. The Infanta says Chimene should no longer pursue vengeance for what reason?

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

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

Research the historical record of the real "Le Cid" or "El Cid." Compare the story of the real man to the Pierre Corneille version.

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