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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. What is another name for Charlemagne?

2. To whom does Marsile pray?

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

4. How do Charlemagne's people refer to themselves?

5. What is a Saracen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when the French arrive in Saragossa? What happens to Bromimonde?

3. Why does Marsile ask his counselors for help? Who comes up with a plan?

4. What does Roland do to anger Ganelon? What is Ganelon's response?

5. How does Blancandrin predict that the plan will work out? What will happen to the city?

6. How many divisions are there? Where are they placed? What is the purpose of different locations?

7. Why is Charlemagne puzzled at Alda's reaction to the deaths of Roland and Oliver? What is the cause of Alda's reaction?

8. Who objects to the plan of sending more soldiers to attack Charlemagne? Why is the objection raised? What is Marsile's response?

9. What does Ganelon propose to Marsile on behalf of Charlemagne?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Charlemagne informed Oliver's sister, Alda, that Oliver and Roland were dead, the girl had a violent reaction. What were Charlemagne's words to Alda and how did she react? How did Charlemagne attempt to make Alda feel better? Did it work? What was the outcome of the scene?

Essay Topic 2

Charlemagne arrives at Spanish Pass to find all of his soldiers dead. Charlemagne begins to go after the fleeing Saracens but is stopped by an act of nature. What is the act? How is the situation remedied? The act of nature is a metaphor for what moral? Does the solution help or hurt Charlemagne's battle?

Essay Topic 3

The trio of Charlemagne, Roland and Oliver is a metaphor for the Holy Trinity. When Charlemagne leaves Roland and Oliver alone with the troops, who assumes the third position? Was the choice obvious? How is it that Charlemagne's people are or are not protected in the Emperor's absence?

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