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. How many times was Jean de Coras married?

2. What two places has Jean de Coras been known to have studied law?

3. How did the impostor explain the timing of Martin's arrival?

4. In Chapter 10, Jean de Coras calls Bertrande _______________ in the identity theft of Martin Guerre.

5. How did Martin respond to Bertrande?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Given that three people said they recognized the impostor even after he'd been living with Bertrande, do you think he would have eventually been exposed?

4. Though Coras was Protestant by the time he wrote" Arrest Memorable," why was the book received so well by Catholics?

5. Why does Coras describe Martin's arrival, "Like a miracle."

6. When questioned in court during the second trial what did the impostor do that convinced the judges of his innocence?

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

8. Why do you think Bertrande immediately acknowledged the real Martin?

9. Why did Coras find the impostor remarkable even after having been fooled by him?

10. LeSueur's pamphlet, "Admiranda Historia," became hugely popular, very quickly. Why do you think this happened?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If Pierre had been able to come up with the money and had the impostor, Arnaud, killed, how do you think things would have turned out? Would the truth still have come out?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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