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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Chimene is embarrassed when forced to admit what?
2. What lie does the King tell Chimene?
3. Why does the King lie to Chimene?
4. In Act 5, Scene 1, which two characters agree to duel for the hand of Chimene?
5. In Act 5, Scene 6, what does Chimene ask the King to do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Research the historical record of the real "Le Cid" or "El Cid." Compare the story of the real man to the Pierre Corneille version.
Essay Topic 2
In "Le Cid", the sword represents the violent pursuit of honor. Don Rodrigue uses the sword to defend his father's honor, then later he honorably offers it to Chimene to uphold her father's honor. The same sword, defending honor every time, can be used at cross purposes. This shows that honor isn't an absolute, but rather is relative to every person's individual perspective. What, in your opinion, is the playwright's view of honor?
Essay Topic 3
Who is the most admirable character in "Le Cid"? What qualities do you admire most about that character? Does the character you chose grow as a person or learn from mistakes over the course of the play? Is honor at or near the top of your list of admirable qualities?
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