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 did Pierre react when he saw the real Martin?

2. Why was Jean de Coras killed?

3. How did the impostor explain the timing of Martin's arrival?

4. Of the people who testified the impostor is indeed an impostor, who was the most influential?

5. How many chambers did the Toulouse Parliament have?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why wouldn't a confession from the impostor be enough to prove his guilt?

8. How did Coras' religion get him killed?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the three main characters (Martin, Bertrande, and the impostor, Arnaud) who do you find the most fascinating? Which one of these three do you think was the most complex? Why?

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

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?

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