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. Judge Coras is said to have believed marriage was between the couple and God. What religious view did this belief relate to in the 1500's?

2. Why was the public so interested in Martin Guerre case?

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

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

5. What was a typical case for the courts in Rieux?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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. What does the author say Montaigne would have done if called to testify in the Martin Guerre Case?

7. How important was Coras' Arrest Memorable" in the 16th century?

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

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

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

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

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 3

Chapter 5 depicted Bertrande and the impostor's marriage as strong and stable. Based on that information, one might predict when the real Martin returned, Bertrande would probably choose the impostor over Martin. Bertrande doesn't put up the slightest resistance however and turns her back on the impostor. Why do you think Bertrande reacted this way? Explain your answer.

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