To call the roll

Related to To call the roll: the Hill
to call off or recite a list or roll of names of persons belonging to an organization, in order to ascertain who are present or to obtain responses from those present.

See also: Roll

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
In the first faint gray of the morning, when the swarming advance had paused to resume something of definition as a line of battle, and skirmishers had been thrown forward, word was passed along to call the roll. The first sergeant of Lieutenant Dudley's company stepped to the front and began to name the men in alphabetical order.
We'll have no need to call the roll when we get to The Fishin' Hole, There'll be you, me, and Old Dog Trey, to doodle time away.
Students remember him for his encyclopedic knowledge and his kindness--as well as for his ability to call the roll by memory at the first class of each term!
One can only appreciate the fluidity of using a touch tone phone to call the Rolls Royce dealer to find out how far along the blokes in England are in building your new $325,000 car; the one without the stretch marks on the bench seats.