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. Ganelon recommends that Marsile send "five score thousand" pagans to defeat the troops left behind. How many is "five score thousand?"

2. With which country is Charlemagne at war?

3. How does Charlemagne know that Ganelon has betrayed him?

4. Ganelon tells Charlemagne that Marsile's traitorous men met with what fate?

5. What is the name of Marsile's brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Charlemagne's reaction to Ganelon as the plan continues? What does Charlemagne's comment imply?

2. Charlemagne chooses two new generals to be at his side in battle. Who do the generals replace and what do they symbolize?

3. What tale did Ganelon invent to let Charlemagne know that Marsile had surrendered?

4. Why is it important to note that Roland and Archbishop Turpin are the last two remaining French soldiers?

5. What happens when Charlemagne hears the call? How does the Emperor respond to his nephew's call for help?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ganelon professes hatred for Roland in the beginning of the tale and immediately plots Roland's death. Outline Ganelon's plan for Roland's execution and how it might be accomplished. Does Ganelon succeed? If so, how did the actual events compare to the original plan? What is the outcome regarding Ganelon?

Essay Topic 2

In order to decide if Ganelon should be executed, there is a battle between Thierry and Pinabel. The battle is also a metaphor for good versus evil, much like the battle fought between Roland and Marsile and Charlemagne and Baligant. Compare and contrast the three battles and their outcomes.

Essay Topic 3

Part way through the story, Archbishop Turpin was faced with one of Marsile's people. The man was known as Siglorel, an enchanter. What is an enchanter? What was Turpin's reaction to Siglorel? Was the reaction justified? What was Siglorel's reputation? How did Siglorel help or hinder Marsile?

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