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

2. How did Martin respond to Bertrande?

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

4. Why was Jean de Coras killed?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why did the impostor ask the judge to move Bertrande away from Pierre in Chapter 7?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the views of today's parents on marriage and reproduction for their children to the views of parents in the 1500's. Show supporting details in your writing.

Essay Topic 2

The impostor, Arnaud could have wanted to take Martin's identity for several reasons. The author lists reasons such as wanting a larger inheritance or looking for a new adventure. In your own words, write what you think is the impostor, Arnaud's main motivation for taking Martin's identity. Include supporting details to back your claim.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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