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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. While Martin was away, what happened to Sanxi (Martin's father)?

2. The Guerre family changes their name in the story. What was their original name?

3. When did the impostor join the French Army?

4. With what does Martin's impostor threaten Pierre when he doesn't get his way?

5. Why did Bertrande have to maintain she always believed the impostor was Martin?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 6, what did the impostor do to elevate the Guerre family's status?

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

3. Why does the author say the impostor was so easily accepted?

4. Why would being Protestant help the impostor and Bertrande's case?

5. Why do you think Bertrande immediately acknowledged the real Martin?

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

7. It seems life went back to normal after the impostor was executed. Do you think this perception may be a false one?

8. How important was Coras' Arrest Memorable" in the 16th century?

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

10. Bertrande easily accepted the impostor as Martin. She is reported to have said "They passed the time like two married people." If she knew the impostor was a fake, why would she put up with him? Do you think it's possible Bertrande fell in love with the impostor?

Essay 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 impostor, Arnaud could have wanted to take Martin's identity for several reasons. The author lists reasons such as wanting a larger inheritance or looking for a new adventure. In your own words, write what you think is the impostor, Arnaud's main motivation for taking Martin's identity. Include supporting details to back your claim.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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