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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 did the village shoemaker say about the impostor's feet?

2. What is the relationship between Pierre and Martin?

3. Bertrande, like most women of her time, took on traditional female work, such as house work, crafting, spinning thread, and baking bread. What other work did women do at the time?

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

5. A key character trait known about the impostor is that he was _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. How did the impostor's business ventures benefit Bertrande?

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

6. 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.

7. What did the impostor do that began to upset Pierre?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The real Martin had trouble remembering events and details from his own life. The impostor, Arnaud remembered everything in great detail. Do you find it odd or natural that the person who lived the events would remember them with less clarity? What conclusions can you draw from this information? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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