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 was a well known lecturer of what kind of law?

2. What was the impostor's defense to the allegations against him?

3. What story does the author say compares to "The Return of Martin Guerre?"

4. Jean de Coras is believed to have been a supporter of what religion?

5. Of the people who testified that the impostor was the real Martin, who was the most influential?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. How did Coras' religion get him killed?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story of The Return of Martin Guerre, much is made of the Catholic and Protestant religions. The author states that there were three Protestant judges and two Catholic judges in the second trial. She implies this might have had an affect on the outcome of the trial. Do you believe that religion was a strong enough factor to lead the court to hand down a not guilty verdict to a guilty man? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Roman law in the sixteenth century stated, "It is better to leave unpunished a guilty man than to condemn an innocent man." What does this mean? How does this law apply to the impostor, Arnaud?

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