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A STEP BEYOND
TESTS AND ANSWERS
_____ 1. Don Quixote believes that a knight-errant in search of adventure must
I. abstain from sex
A. I & II only
_____ 2. Cide Hamete Benegeli was
A. the author of many chivalric romances
_____ 3. One character who is in part autobiographical is
A. Ruy Perez de Viedma
_____ 4. The episode of the braying villagers shows that
A. the people of seventeenth-century Spain could be very intolerant
_____ 5. The innkeeper will never try to become a knight-errant because he
A. knows that knights-errant are out of style
_____ 6. Why did Cervantes write: "For me alone was the great Quixote born, and I alone for him"?
A. Because so many of Quixote's adventures are based on Cervantes' own experiences
_____ 7. One episode that points up the relationship between artistry and deception is
A. the reading of the novel about "The Man Who Was Too Curious For His Own Good"
_____ 8. Sampson Carrasco disguises himself as the
A. Knight of the Mirrors
_____ 9. When Sancho has become "quixotized" he
A. becomes less talkative
_____ 10. Don Quixote is "cured" of his madness when
A. Altisidora's suffering makes him ashamed of himself
11. Why is Don Quixote sometimes called the first true novel?
12. Some psychologists have pointed out that people who have to cope with the insane often start behaving as if they were insane themselves. Can you find any instances of this kind of behavior in Don Quixote? What function do these incidents serve?
13. How does Cervantes further the theme of illusion vs. reality?
14. Do you think Don Quixote shows true courage in his adventures? Why or why not?
15. What is Cervantes' attitude toward the lower classes? Be sure to discuss the character of Sancho Panza in your answer.