Exercise No. 4
Musa was in chief command, and the gates were in his charge. They had been barred when the Christians came in view, but Musa threw them open. ‘Our bodies”, he said, “will bar the gates.” The young men were kindled by such words, and when he told them, “We have nothing to fight for but the ground we stand on; and without that, we are without a home or a country.” They were ready to die with him. With such a leader, the Moorish cavaliers performed feats of bravery in the plain which divided the camp from the city.
1. Who was the chief commander and what was in his charge?
Ans. Musa was the chief commander and the gates of the cities were in his charge.
Q. When were the gates barred?
When the gates were barred
Ans. The gates were barred when the Christians came in view.
Q. Who threw them open?
Throwing them open
Ans. Musa threw them open.
Q. What did Musa say?
Musa’s golden words
Ans. Musa said, “Our bodies will bar the gates. We have nothing to fight for but the ground we stand on; and without that, we are without a home or a country.”
Q. What effect had his words on the young men?
Effect on the young men
Musa’s words had a great effect on the young men. They were kindled and were ready to die with him.
Q. What divided the city from the camp?
Divided the City
Ans. Feats of bravery performed by the Moorish cavaliers divided the camp from the city.