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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 alternate term is used for "Lord," in the impostor's old village?

2. In Chapter 1, _________is on the verge of a civil war.

3. From whom did the most damning evidence against the impostor come?

4. Who wrote, "We collected much booty, weapons, horses, golden chains, silver and other things?"

5. What physical evidence was there that the impostor could not be Martin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What fact does the author present that may give her reason to believe Sanxi had forgiven Martin before Sanxi died?

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

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

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

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

9. 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."

10. 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?

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

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 3

Compare the views of today's parents on marriage and reproduction for their children to the views of parents in the 1500's. Show supporting details in your writing.

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