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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 village was the impostor from?

2. The family of Martin's wife paid a __________ for Bertrande to marry Martin.

3. What did Pierre do to retaliate against the impostor's threats?

4. What three things does the author say Bertrande did while she Martin was away?

5. Pierre noticed that Martin's impostor did not participate in _______________ as Martin did when he was younger.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 6, what did the impostor do to elevate the Guerre family's status?

4. 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.

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

6. 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."

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

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

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

10. Why would being Protestant help the impostor and Bertrande's case?

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

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 3

The author writes about Judge Jean de Coras' feelings about Arnaud du Tihl, stating "There was something not only profoundly wrong but also profoundly right about the invented marriage of the new Martin and Bertrande de Rols." What do you think of this statement? We know how it was wrong, but how was it right? Do you agree with Coras' feelings?

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