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. Martin's appeal was heard in what year?

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

3. How did Martin respond to Bertrande?

4. Where was Jean de Coras killed?

5. In the second trial of the impostor, what evidence showed us that Bertrande had not changed her mind about believing the impostor was the real Martin?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. How did Coras' religion get him killed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 5 depicted Bertrande and the impostor's marriage as strong and stable. Based on that information, one might predict when the real Martin returned, Bertrande would probably choose the impostor over Martin. Bertrande doesn't put up the slightest resistance however and turns her back on the impostor. Why do you think Bertrande reacted this way? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The judges were about to find Arnaud not guilty when Martin returned. Based on what you know about the characters, place and time of this story, make predictions about what might have happened if Martin had not returned? Consider how Bertrande would have responded, as well as Pierre. What would Arnaud have done next? Would he have escalated his demands for records and land?

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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