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. Jean de Coras' vision for writing the story of Martin Guerre was considered to be ___________.

2. Why were witnesses brought to the impostor before the trial?

3. What evidence was presented to prove the impostor was an impostor?

4. Jean de Coras, in some ways, saw the impostor as a ___________.

5. How is "Arrest Memorable" different from "The Admirable History of the Pseudo-Martin of Toulouse"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Judge Jean de Coras' "Arrest Memorable" much is made about the fact that he did not include the fact that both Bertrande and Pierre were imprisoned during the second trial. Given that we know very little about why they were jailed, and that Coras was there and should know, why do you think he left that part out of his book?

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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