The Return of Martin Guerre Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why were there no pictures of Martin to compare to the impostor?

2. What was the impostor's nickname?

3. The author speculates Bertrande dreamed of a husband who would come back and ____________.

4. While Martin was away, what happened to Sanxi (Martin's father)?

5. What language did the impostor try to learn in order to make his story more convincing?

Short Essay Questions

1. If passing soldiers in Hendaye were somehow ruining the land, why would that affect the Guerres?

2. In Chapter 4, what specific differences does the author point out about Martin and the impostor?

3. Why do you think Bertrande refused to get out of her marriage when she had the chance?

4. How did Martin's name possibly contribute to his decision to disappear?

5. How did Martin's years of impotence benefit Bertrande?

6. We know very little about why Martin left his family and disappeared. Why do you think he decided to leave?

7. Why is it symbolic that Martin loses his leg in war?

8. If the Guerre's home village of Hendaye and their new village, Artigat, were the same, why did the Guerres move?

9. What fact does the author present that may give her reason to believe Sanxi had forgiven Martin before Sanxi died?

10. The impostor went to great lengths to "become" Martin. Do you think this is evidence that his goal was to do more than collect an inheritance? Explain your answer.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story of The Return of Martin Guerre, much is made of the Catholic and Protestant religions. The author states that there were three Protestant judges and two Catholic judges in the second trial. She implies this might have had an affect on the outcome of the trial. Do you believe that religion was a strong enough factor to lead the court to hand down a not guilty verdict to a guilty man? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Of the three main characters (Martin, Bertrande, and the impostor, Arnaud) who would you say is the victim? Are any of them victims? Explain your position.

Essay Topic 3

The judges were about to find Arnaud not guilty when Martin returned. Based on what you know about the characters, place and time of this story, make predictions about what might have happened if Martin had not returned? Consider how Bertrande would have responded, as well as Pierre. What would Arnaud have done next? Would he have escalated his demands for records and land?

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