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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. What scholar is quoted in the opening of Book 2 of Essays: Essay #1?
3. What female features significantly in Montaigne's faith?
4. Most of the essays that follow Book 2 of Essays, Essay #12, Apology to Raymond Sebond center on what subject?
5. The relationship that Montaigne warned against was common among what ancient people?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the culture of public bathing that is discussed in Montaigne's journal.
2. Why did Montaigne write his travel journals?
3. What church promotion occurred in Trent while Montaigne was there?
4. Overall, what is Montaigne's writing style like?
5. What was Montaigne interested in learning about in Trent?
6. Describe the course of Montaigne's journey described in Travel Journal: Chapter 15.
7. What was St. George noted for?
8. What does Montaigne admit about himself?
9. How does Montaigne say that he was able to deal with the restrictions of marriage?
10. What is Montaigne's general perspective?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The city of Rome in Montaigne's time was exceptionally large and popular as a destination for pilgrims and travelers like Montaigne, who writes at length about the great city.
1) Explain Rome's importance in medieval Europe as a center for religion, commerce, and travel.
2) Discuss Montaigne's expectations for Rome, and the reasons he had for going there. What sites did Montaigne look forward to seeing, and what do these interests say about the culture of the time?
3) Describe the city as shown in Montaigne's journals. How did it match or differ from his expectations, and in what major ways was he disappointed or surprised? Make an assessment of the nature of the city as a whole.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout his life, Montaigne was touched by the effects of death, and mortality was a constant but understated part of his thoughts and beliefs.
1) Summarize the losses that Montaigne experienced during his lifetime.
2) Discuss the impact that these losses had on Montaigne, and the reasons he had for avoiding writing about them in his works.
3) Describe the effect that mortality had on Montaigne's thinking and his works.
4) Describe how Montaigne was able to cope with the frequent loss of life that he witnessed.
Essay Topic 3
Feudalism was the dominant political doctrine in Europe in Montaigne's time, and the complex systems of interrelated heirarchies and social responsbilities affect his life and his writings greatly.
1) Explain the Feudal system as it existed in France at Montaigne's time. Explain its hierarchal system, and how is distributed political power. Explain some of the reasons that this system was so widespread and entrenched, and some of the unusual political situations that arose from it.
2) Discuss Montaigne's place in the Feudal system, and why he was promoted to mayor of Bordeaux late in his life. Explain some of the impact that this system had on his life and writings.
3) Assess what Montaigne's opinion of the system was overall, did he approve or disapprove of it, how and why?
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