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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who appears to Roland in the night?
2. In what is Charlemagne most interested?
3. Who watches over Charlemagne as the king sleeps?
4. Who comes to Roland at the end of this part of the poem?
5. Who are asked to replace Roland and Oliver?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The battle between Marsile and Charlemagne is actual and metaphoric. Examine the conflict between the kingdoms, their politics and their difference in religious beliefs. How do the latter affect the way the soldiers fight? How did the preparations (or lack thereof) affect the outcome of the battles?
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
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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