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. How old was Judge Jean de Coras when the second trial began?

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

4. What was the impostor's sentence in the first trial?

5. How does the account in "Arrest Memorable" depict the impostor's memory?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. How did Coras' religion get him killed?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author writes about Judge Jean de Coras' feelings about Arnaud du Tihl, stating "There was something not only profoundly wrong but also profoundly right about the invented marriage of the new Martin and Bertrande de Rols." What do you think of this statement? We know how it was wrong, but how was it right? Do you agree with Coras' feelings?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Bertrande seems to have easily adapted to each stage of her marriage to Martin. First, when she was forced to marry at a young age, then when she was reunited with the fake Martin, and in the last stage when she was reunited with the real Martin. Surely she must have felt some anxiety in each of those situations, but she seems to have taken the changes in stride. Based on this knowledge, what can we conclude about Bertrande's priorities? Who was she putting first? Why was she so willing to go along with whatever was thrown at her?

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