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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. Who does Ganelon refer to as a "courteous paladin?"
(a) Basilie
(b) Oliver
(c) Basan
(d) Roland

2. What is the name of Marsile's brother?
(a) Naimon
(b) Aelroth
(c) Falsaron
(d) Ganelon

3. What is Ganelon to Roland?
(a) Stepfather
(b) Uncle
(c) Cousin
(d) Brother

4. Who is Aelroth?
(a) Oliver's brother
(b) Marsile's nephew
(c) Marsile's brother
(d) A pagan lookout

5. Oliver tells Roland that he has been...
(a) Superior
(b) Proud
(c) Reckless
(d) Foolish

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of these characteristics regarding Charlemagne is not among those listed by Ganelon?

2. Where is Charlemagne's home?

3. Out of what material is Ganelon's cloak made?

4. What city did Marsile's soldier Valdabron take by treason?

5. Ganelon proposes that Marsile send what to Charlemagne?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between Roland and Ganelon? Between Ganelon and Charlemagne? Between Roland and Charlemagne?

2. How was Ganelon greeted when he approached Saragossa?

3. Roland attempts to break his sword just before he dies. Why? How does Roland attempt to break it?

4. What does Marsile want Charlemagne to do? What is Marsile's promise?

5. About what does Roland ask Oliver's advice? Why do the men agree or disagree?

6. Oliver goes ahead to act as look out. What does Oliver see and how does it affect the French soldiers' plans?

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

8. What is Charlemagne's reaction when he hears Roland's second call? What does Charlemagne request of his men?

9. Who is Baligant and why does he go to Saragossa? What are the consequences if Baligant refuses?

10. Roland's opinion of Turpin changes during the battle. What has Roland discovered?

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