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 had nightmares about ____________________________.

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

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

4. What two places has Jean de Coras been known to have studied law?

5. What was the title of the article Jean de Coras wrote about marriage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When questioned in court during the second trial what did the impostor do that convinced the judges of his innocence?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. How did Coras' religion get him killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Do you think Bertrande and the impostor, Arnaud, ever talked about who he really was or do you think Bertrande preferred not to admit she knew the impostor was not Martin, even to the impostor? Back up your position with information from the book.

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