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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. What was the impostor's nickname?

2. Why did Martin's impostor demand to see the account books?

3. What did Martin and his wife name their child?

4. What three things does the author say Bertrande did while she Martin was away?

5. How did neighborhood boys tease Martin and his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Pierre began accusing the impostor of being an impostor, what criminal course of action did Pierre take?

2. Why is it symbolic that Martin loses his leg in war?

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

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

5. Why do you think the Guerre's stay in Artigat and never return to the Basque country to escape the scandal?

6. How did the relationship between the Guerre's and the Rols move forward after the verdict?

7. In Chapter 3, the author wrote Bertrande was independent. List three examples that support this claim.

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

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

10. How did Martin's years of impotence benefit Bertrande?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author implies that more innocent changes, such as the Guerre's name change, are in some ways equivalent to what the impostor, Arnaud, did when he changed his identity. Do you agree with this implication? Why or why not?

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

Roman law in the sixteenth century stated, "It is better to leave unpunished a guilty man than to condemn an innocent man." What does this mean? How does this law apply to the impostor, Arnaud?

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