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

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

3. How did Martin respond to Bertrande?

4. What was the impostor's reaction when he was confronted by the real Martin?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Coras' religion get him killed?

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

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

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

5. What did Martin say when Bertrande said everyone was fooled by the impostor?

6. The judges were unsure of the impostor's guilt or innocence. How did the law's view of marriage play a role in the judge's decision?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Protestants believed marriage was between the couple who considered themselves married and God and supported the act of divorce if it was necessary. Catholics supported arranged marriages and did not believe in divorce. The author speculates that Bertrande and the impostor, Arnaud, converted to the Protestant faith. Do you think the Protestant views had any effect on Bertrande's and the impostor's beliefs about marriage? Do you think they felt the religion absolved them of guilt?

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