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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Ganelon recommends that Marsile send "five score thousand" pagans to defeat the troops left behind. How many is "five score thousand?"
(a) 1,000,000
(b) 250,000
(c) 100,000
(d) 400,000

2. What country is the poem written about?
(a) Portugal
(b) Italy
(c) Norway
(d) France

3. Blancandrin is described as:
(a) Brilliant and deceitful
(b) Ignorant and unkempt
(c) Devious and cruel
(d) Wise and gallant

4. What is the name of the nephew to Richard the Old?
(a) Henry
(b) Oliver
(c) Charlemagne
(d) Ganelon

5. Marsile is concerned about his lack of what item?
(a) Army
(b) Wit
(c) Weapons
(d) Faith

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following is not a reason to summon Charlemagne?

2. Which animal was not taken on the journey as a gift?

3. What is Ganelon's plan to achieve peace?

4. According to Blancandrin, who is responsible for giving bad advice to Charlemagne?

5. Where does Charlemagne leave Roland?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Marsile and Ganelon to argue? What is the result of the argument?

2. What does Marsile's nephew claim that he needs in order to defeat Roland? What will the result be?

3. What is foretold at the end of Stanza XII? Who is supposedly responsible for the upcoming event?

4. What happened when two of Charlemagne's counts went to Marsile to try and take over Saragossa? Which two counts went on the mission?

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

6. What is Marsile's attitude toward Charlemagne? How will the King approach his rival?

7. What is Charlemagne's reaction when the governors and nobles approach him with the idea that Ganelon should be spared? What happens next?

8. Marsile nearly makes a fatal mistake when devising the first plan. What is the initial plan and what was the mistake?

9. Charlemagne must decide what to do as night is beginning to fall. What is Charlemagne's plan and the result?

10. What is the final plan that will allow Marsile to defeat Charlemagne's men?

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