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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. The real Martin was ______________ when he was younger.

2. How did the family get to their new home?

3. Who did Martin marry?

4. How many sisters did the real Martin have?

5. Which of the following was a probable incentive for the impostor to impersonate Martin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author say the impostor was so easily accepted?

2. Why do you think the DaGuerres shortened their name to Guerre?

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think the impostor, Arnaud, protected Bertrande's involvement in the deception even in his last minute confession? What does this say about Arnaud? Does this act make him honorable to some degree?

Essay Topic 2

Bertrande seems to have easily adapted to each stage of her marriage to Martin. First, when she was forced to marry at a young age, then when she was reunited with the fake Martin, and in the last stage when she was reunited with the real Martin. Surely she must have felt some anxiety in each of those situations, but she seems to have taken the changes in stride. Based on this knowledge, what can we conclude about Bertrande's priorities? Who was she putting first? Why was she so willing to go along with whatever was thrown at her?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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