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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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Considering the three main characters (Martin, Bertrande, and the impostor, Arnaud) who do you find the most fascinating? Which one of these three do you think was the most complex? Why?

Essay Topic 3

If Pierre had been able to come up with the money and had the impostor, Arnaud, killed, how do you think things would have turned out? Would the truth still have come out?

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