The Return of Martin Guerre Test | Final 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. What story does the author say compares to "The Return of Martin Guerre?"

2. Why did the judge arrange a new place for Bertrande to live?

3. Martin's appeal was heard in what year?

4. Jean de Coras had nightmares about ____________________________.

5. What language was, "The Admirable History of the Pseudo-Martin of Toulouse," originally printed in?

Short Essay Questions

1. Proving that a man is not who he says he is, in the 16th century, is difficult to nearly impossible. In Chapter 7, what are some ways for proving identity that the author mentions?

2. Why wouldn't a confession from the impostor be enough to prove his guilt?

3. The author says Montainge was too hard on Coras. Why?

4. What reasons does the author state for her belief that Martin heard about the trial before he got to Artigat?

5. What did Martin say when Bertrande said everyone was fooled by the impostor?

6. A monitoire was read to Catholic church members in Artigat and Sajas. What is a monitoire?

7. What was the impostor's response to Martin's arrival in the days after their initial confrontation?

8. Coras was a romantic. Give an example of one of his romantic gestures.

9. The judges were unsure of the impostor's guilt or innocence. How did the law's view of marriage play a role in the judge's decision?

10. Why is it said that Coras exaggerates in "Arrest Memorable?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Return of Martin Guerre," there are several references to widows preferring to stay widows. The author seems to suggest that being a widow equals freedom for women in the 16th century. What evidence is presented in the book to support this theory? How were women more free without their husbands?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Bertrande and the impostor, Arnaud, ever talked about who he really was or do you think Bertrande preferred not to admit she knew the impostor was not Martin, even to the impostor? Back up your position with information from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the impostor, Arnaud, protected Bertrande's involvement in the deception even in his last minute confession? What does this say about Arnaud? Does this act make him honorable to some degree?

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