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. While in jail, Bertrande was questioned by Judge Coras. How did Bertrande change her story?

2. Of the people who testified, how many testified the impostor was the real Martin?

3. Who wrote, "The Admirable History of the Pseudo-Martin of Toulouse."

4. When face to face with the real Martin, how many of Martin's sisters recognized him?

5. Jean de Coras was a well known lecturer of what kind of law?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Coras' "comitragic" version of "Arrest Memorable" he wrote that a woman doing what she pleased with her body is worse than what the impostor did. What did he mean?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. How did the dedications in Coras' books help him career-wise?

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

9. Why was Bertrande's testimony the most important? Why didn't the judges consider she might lie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The real Martin had trouble remembering events and details from his own life. The impostor, Arnaud remembered everything in great detail. Do you find it odd or natural that the person who lived the events would remember them with less clarity? What conclusions can you draw from this information? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Compare the views of today's parents on marriage and reproduction for their children to the views of parents in the 1500's. Show supporting details in your writing.

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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