The Song of Roland Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. According to part one, what is Roland's role in the Song of Roland?

Roland is one of the warriors in Charlemagne's service. Roland has helped Charlemagne conquer all cities, save for one.

2. Which city remains the property of another King? Which King is it?

Saragossa, a city atop a mountain, has managed to hold off Charlemagne and his troops. The city is ruled by King Marsile.

3. What is the supposed reason that the city remains under the rule of another king?

Charlemagne recognizes Marsile as being a Muslim, not one who heeds the Lord's call. Therefore, Marsile does not follow the lead of other principalities that have surrendered.

4. If the king chooses to worship another religion, what are his beliefs? To whom does the king turn?

According to the poem, King Marsile is "Mahumet's man, he invokes Apollin's aid."

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