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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. What is the significance of the title of the book, "On the Lame?"

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

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

4. In "The Admirable History of the Pseudo-Martin of Toulouse," how was the story presented?

5. Which of the following was a possible reason for Bertrande to pretend she didn't know the impostor was not Martin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. LeSueur's pamphlet, "Admiranda Historia," became hugely popular, very quickly. Why do you think this happened?

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

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

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

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

10. Why is it said that Coras exaggerates in "Arrest Memorable?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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