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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 was the name of the notorious criminal that Montaigne witnessed being release?

2. The apocryphal slaying that St. George performed is a reference to him overcoming what?

3. In Travel Journal: Chapter 13, Montaigne describes a priest who speaks what out-of-place language as part of his services?

4. What did Christ teach about the treatment of women?

5. Montaigne's view of the role of women was what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Overall, what is Montaigne's writing style like?

2. Why do the Genoese keep Guiseppe locked up?

3. What qualities interest Montaigne about public water?

4. What are some of the powers that Roman baths are reputed to have?

5. How does Montaigne say that he was able to deal with the restrictions of marriage?

6. What was Montaigne interested in learning about in Trent?

7. What disappointed Montaigne in Rome?

8. What was St. George noted for?

9. Describe the course of Montaigne's journey described in Travel Journal: Chapter 15.

10. What church promotion occurred in Trent while Montaigne was there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The issue of parenting is very important to Montaigne, and his views on the subject are surprisingly modern. He has a great deal to say about proper methods of parenting, especially from the perspective of the father.

1) Explain the role does Montaigne believe a father should fill in a child's life, including his duties and responsibilities.

2) Discuss Montaigne's assessment of the importance of parental affection. How much attention does Montaigne recommend, and why does he believe this topic to be of particular importance?

3) Discuss Montaigne's stance on the issue of discipline and punishment for children. Why does he recommend against the use of physical punishment?

Essay Topic 2

Along with virtues, Montaigne is interested in the concept of vices. He defines strict rules for determining whether or not a bad habit can be considered a vice, and discusses the effects that these behaviors have on the spiritual life of a human being.

1) Explain what, according to Montaigne, constitutes a vice. Discuss the differences that Montaigne sees between habits that are simply poorly judged or looked down upon, and actual vices.

2) Explain the relationship that Montaigne sees between sin and vice.

3) Discuss the impact that Montaigne believes vices have on a person's life, in terms of their physical well-being, their relationships, and their spiritual life.

Essay Topic 3

Montaigne believes solitude to be exceedingly important in the pursuit of honestly and unfiltered self-analysis, a goal he regards as being objectively desirable. He claims that one's thought and words are affected by others, even if only out of politeness and sociability, and that this filtering acts to hinder proper, honest thought.

1) Explain why Montaigne believes that achieving honest self-analysis is a desirable goal. Discuss some of the prerequisites that Montaigne sees as being necessary for achieving this goal.

2) Discuss the effect that Montaigne believes other people have on an individual's thought processes. Is this reaction essential good or bad? Is it dishonest or sincere?

3) Describe the importance that Montaigne places on solitude, and what he believes people should do to benefit most from the experience of solitude. How does this belief tie into his assertion about self-analysis?

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