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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. The baths that Montaigne discusses are notable for being what?

2. The unfinished church that Montaigne visits is to be called what?

3. In Travel Journal: Chapter 15, the writer makes special note of the regional differences in what?

4. What abstract concept does Montaigne say he would not marry?

5. Montaigne discusses how a man named Clesius was promoted to what rank?

Short Essay Questions

1. What influences may have caused Montaigne to have a greater respect for women?

2. What qualities interest Montaigne about public water?

3. Why does Montaigne believe that women know more about love?

4. According to the note at the beginning of Book 3 of Essays: Chapter 12, why is the editor interested in Montaigne's travel journals?

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

6. Why does Montaigne admire Cato?

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

8. How does Montaigne says that personal character is related to repentance?

9. What was St. George noted for?

10. What is Montaigne's general perspective?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During his travels, Montaigne encounters a wide range of languages in colloquial use, reflecting the rapidly changing political landscape that results from the pressures and oddities of the feudal system.

1) Describe some of the unusual trends in language use that Montaigne witnessed during his travels. Which language stood out the most, and why?

2) Montaigne was somewhat disappointed to discover that foreigners often spoke with him in French. Describe the prominence of the French language in the countries that Montaigne visited and discuss the reasons for this phenomenon.

3) Relate the spread and persistence of foreign-language use to the feudal political system that dominated medieval Europe.

Essay Topic 2

The Protestant Revolution was a major event still in its development in Europe in Montaigne's time. Leaders like Martin Luther and John Calvin sparked a revolution in religion that led to numerous civil and religious wars.

1) Explain the origins of the protestant revolution as explained by Montaigne, including its leaders, major philosophical and religious works, and its ideological basis.

2) Discuss Montaigne's opinion about the spread of protestant ideas and the subject of censorship.

3) Describe some of the impacts that the ongoing protestant revolution had on Europe in Montaigne's time, including the frequent religious wars and internal strife that it caused. What effects did these event have on Montaigne?

Essay Topic 3

In one of his essays, Montaigne discusses the act of using evil means to achieve goods ends. His opinion on this subject is nuanced and impartial.

1) Discuss, using Montaigne's examples, the major philosophical points that come into play when discussing the justification of evil means for achieving good ends.

2) Summarize Montaigne's opinion on the subject, discussing whether or not justifications can be made in certain circumstances, and what moral weight these types of actions carry.

3) Analyze Montaigne's other writings and journals and asses whether or not Montaigne appears to be consistent in his own life n the application of the recommendations he makes in his essay about using evil means for good ends. Does he sometimes break his own rules, or does he generally adhere to them?

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