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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. Overall, Artigat was considered a __________place to live than the impostor's old village.

2. How long did it take the family to get to their new home?

3. How old was Martin's wife believed to be at the time of marriage?

4. Where was the village the Guerre family moved from?

5. How long did it take the impostor to get from his old village to Artigat?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think the DaGuerres shortened their name to Guerre?

2. 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.

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 3, Bertrande described her life in thirds. What three titles did she give to each third?

7. What fact does the author present that may give her reason to believe Sanxi had forgiven Martin before Sanxi died?

8. The idea that Martin and Bertrande were "bewitched," is a laughable conclusion today. What is a more logical explanation for Martin and Bertrande's inability to consummate their marriage?

9. We know very little about why Martin left his family and disappeared. Why do you think he decided to leave?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Bertrande and the impostor, Arnaud, ever talked about who he really was or do you think Bertrande preferred not to admit she knew the impostor was not Martin, even to the impostor? Back up your position with information from the book.

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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