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

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

3. How were Martin's problems with producing an heir solved?

4. When did the impostor join the French Army?

5. What fact leads the author to believe the impostor was after more than an inheritance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. List some of the ways the impostor prepared to pass himself off as Martin.

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

4. 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?

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

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. The impostor was methodical in his deception. He took about 3 years to research his role and then began planting information that Martin was back before he contacted Martin's family. Why do you think the impostor was so slow to implement his con?

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

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

10. What is meant by the following statement: "The realities of this peasant world encourage not only the skills of a good farm wife, but the woman's ability to get her way with the men and to calculate her advantages, say, in remaining a widow."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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