The Song of Roland Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baligant bring with him to Saragossa?

2. What animal or tool is used to kill Ganelon?

3. What animal is tied to Ganelon at this part in the story?

4. Who objects to a plan to attack Charlemagne once again?

5. What body of water is used by Baligant's men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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