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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. Who did Martin marry?

2. The beginning of Chapter 5 found the impostor on his way home, but taking his time about it. Where was he temporarily living?

3. Why did the author rule out the possibility of Martin having gone to the university?

4. What is the relationship between Pierre and Martin?

5. Why does the author think the impostor was not in a hurry to return to home?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Women in the 1500's lived a somewhat oppressed existence. They were not included in family or village decisions. Their importance was recognized in their ability to work the fields or do housework and raise children. List one way women are the same today and one way they are different.

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

4. Bertrande easily accepted the impostor as Martin. She is reported to have said "They passed the time like two married people." If she knew the impostor was a fake, why would she put up with him? Do you think it's possible Bertrande fell in love with the impostor?

5. Why was France on the verge of a religious civil war?

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

7. If the Guerre's home village of Hendaye and their new village, Artigat, were the same, why did the Guerres move?

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

9. What ways does the author describe other cases of people taking a false identity?

10. If passing soldiers in Hendaye were somehow ruining the land, why would that affect the Guerres?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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