Summary/Analysis Paper Instructions for The Wife of Martin Guerre


Western Civilizations, Fall 2010


Quiz:  11/22


 Paper Due:  12/8


This paper should include your responses to the book The Wife of Martin Guerre. The paper should include a summary and analysis of the readings and should answer all of the Questions for Consideration.  Feel free to comment on other information from the book and lecture (especially from lectures covering daily life, family life & women).  Direct quotes must have quotation marks and the page number on which they appear should also be included; if sources other than the assigned book are used they must be properly referenced (see instructions on the back of this page).  Papers must be typed, double-spaced, and well written (correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.).  There is no page requirement, but I will guess that it will probably take at least 1,000 words.  Make sure to include a title page (five points) and staple the pages together.  The layout/organization of this paper is entirely up to you.


The easiest way to organize this paper is to answer each question in its own paragraph or series of paragraphs.  If you would rather write an essay that incorporates some of the answers to the Questions for Consideration, that is fine.  The layout/organization of this paper is entirely up to you. 


The quiz over the book will be the first 15 minutes of class on the date of the discussion.  The quiz will be open note and open book.  Students may use any handwritten (not photocopied or typed) notes they have written to help with this quiz, but may not share notes written by others.


Questions for Consideration


1.     Describe the following characters:  Martin Guerre, Monsieur Guerre, Pierre Guerre, Sanxi, Arnaud du Tilh, and the Priest from their home village (he was sometimes referred to as the Curé).  Who were these individuals?  What role did they have in the story?  How did they impact the primary character (Bertrande de Rols)?

2.     Describe the events surrounding the marriage ceremony, and early years of the marriage, between Bertrande & Martin.

3.     What rights & responsibilities did the head of the family (cap d’hostal) have?  What examples from the story demonstrate the power bestowed on the father of a family? 

4.     What happened at the various trials associated with the marriage between Bertrand & Martin?  How would you evaluate the justice system?  In the end, was justice served?  Explain.

5.     Compare and contrast information concerning daily life & the court system presented in lecture and other sources from this class, to information in the book.  How does the book reinforce, or contradict, material covered in other parts of this class thus far?

6.     What are the strengths & weaknesses of this book as a source to learn more about daily life in the late Middle Ages?  (Hint:  How did information in this book differ from other sources from class which addressed this issue?  What was the author’s background?  What sources were used?  How was the book organized?  Was it informative; was it well written?  Explain.)







Citation Format Style


1.     Italicize the titles of books or ships.


2.     Spell out all numbers between zero and nine.


3.     Watch verb-tense; usually past tense is best to use while writing, but the paper may be written using either past or present tense.  Just make sure to be consistent.


4.     Try to avoid over-use of quotations, but any quotation longer than four lines should be indented five spaces and single-spaced (rather than double-spaced).   If/when this is done there is no need for quotation marks.


5.     A source MUST be cited and/or included in the bibliography when a:


a)     Direct quote is taken from a source.

b)    Series of sentences or a paragraph are paraphrased.  For example, if some words are changed around there must be an in-text citation and an item must be included in the bibliography.

c)     Source is consulted (even if nothing is quoted or paraphrased) it must be included in the bibliography


6.     When providing a citation within the body of the paper the in-text citation style is used.  Citation examples are below:


a)     Example of how a direct quote or paraphrase taken from the book you are assigned to read should be cited (only the page number is needed): 


“The Geneva Accords of 1954 reflected these influences” (41).


b)    Example of how to cite a direct quote taken from a website (for a website only the author is needed): 


“On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South” (White House).


7.     If a source other than the book that is assigned is used, a bibliography is required.  The bibliography page should be the last page of the paper and entries should be organized in alphabetical order according to author (not numbered).  Entries should also be single-spaced within the entry and double-spaced between each entry.  


a)     For websites, include the author (if one is listed), the title, the complete URL address of your website and the date it was accessed.


White House. “Abraham Lincoln.”

     Accessed 20, May 2010.