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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What could Bertrande have done to end her marriage after Martin left?
(a) She could have fabricated evidence that he died.
(b) She could have begged the Pope.
(c) She could have filed for a divorce.
(d) She could have remarried.

2. How did the impostor prepare Martin's family for their first meeting?
(a) He announced "Martin's" return so they would be expecting him.
(b) He put an ad in the newspaper.
(c) He sent a friend to Bertrande's house to inform her.
(d) He wrote them a long letter.

3. What was the impostor's nickname?
(a) Shorty.
(b) Lefty.
(c) Amore.
(d) Pansette.

4. Why does the author think the impostor was not in a hurry to return to home?
(a) He was tired of traveling.
(b) He was looking for adventure.
(c) He was afraid of being arrested.
(d) He didn't want to see his father.

5. What two hobbies did Martin enjoy?
(a) Horse riding and gymnastics.
(b) Horseracing and kickball.
(c) Swordplay and acrobatics.
(d) Bowling and soccer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the main theory of how the impostor learns about the missing Martin?

2. What was the impostor's real name?

3. What village was the impostor from?

4. What new language is Martin believed to have learned after leaving home?

5. Why couldn't Martin and his wife conceive a baby?

Short Essay Questions

1. How have Catholic views changed today? How are they the same?

2. What is meant by the following statement: "The realities of this peasant world encourage not only the skills of a good farm wife, but the woman's ability to get her way with the men and to calculate her advantages, say, in remaining a widow."

3. The author speculates in Chapter 4 that the impostor and Martin could have met during the war, but notes that in his confession, the impostor denied having met Martin. What do you think? Could they have met or was the impostor telling the truth? Explain your answers.

4. The impostor went to great lengths to "become" Martin. Do you think this is evidence that his goal was to do more than collect an inheritance? Explain your answer.

5. The impostor was methodical in his deception. He took about 3 years to research his role and then began planting information that Martin was back before he contacted Martin's family. Why do you think the impostor was so slow to implement his con?

6. Why do you think Bertrande refused to get out of her marriage when she had the chance?

7. In Chapter 4, what specific similarities does the author point out about Martin and the impostor?

8. Women in the 1500's lived a somewhat oppressed existence. They were not included in family or village decisions. Their importance was recognized in their ability to work the fields or do housework and raise children. List one way women are the same today and one way they are different.

9. How did parents view marriage and reproduction in the 1500's in relation to their children?

10. If the Guerre's home village of Hendaye and their new village, Artigat, were the same, why did the Guerres move?

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