The Song of Roland Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many pagans arrived carrying olive branches?

2. What region remains beyond Charlemagne's grasp?

3. How does Ganelon refer to himself?

4. How did Basan and Basilie die?

5. What material did the people use to create Marsile's throne?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Marsile's messengers intend to deceive Charlemagne? Why do they think the Emperor will fall for it?

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

4. What does Charlemagne do to ensure that Bromimonde converts to Christianity? How does Bromimonde respond to the treatment?

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

6. What is Roland's reaction to Blancandrin's tale and promises?

7. What major events cause Marsile and many other Saracens to flee the battle even though they are winning against the French?

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

9. What actions best represent Baligant's troops' eagerness to forge ahead with the battle?

10. What is the purpose of Archbishop Turpin's presence? What does Turpin do while at the camp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Archbishop Turpin takes on an entirely different role at Spanish Pass. What is the Archbishop's primary duty in the royal court and how does it change on the battlefield? What other role does the Archbishop assume? How does Roland react to the change in the clergyman?

Essay Topic 2

Marsile, Baligant, Roland, and Charlemagne all have different methods of arranging their troops before battle. Compare the Saracens' methods against the French. Also compare Marsile's methods to Baligant's and Roland's methods to those employed by Charlemagne.

Essay Topic 3

There are many references in the poem as to the invincibility of Charlemagne. Among those references is the recurring appearance of the angels, particularly Gabriel, the King's great faith, and the possession of the spear that lanced Christ's side. What other symbols exist to protect Charlemagne? Are there similar symbols/references on behalf of Marsile or Baligant? Explain.

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