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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. In Chapter 3, the author speculates Martin may have _________Bertrande.

2. Who was Bertrande most likely to have told her troubles to?

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

4. How many children did Arnaud and Betrande produce?

5. How was Bertrande's life affected by Martin's disappearance and the scandal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. How did Martin's name possibly contribute to his decision to disappear?

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

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

7. 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.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Bertrande and the impostor, Arnaud, ever talked about who he really was or do you think Bertrande preferred not to admit she knew the impostor was not Martin, even to the impostor? Back up your position with information from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How does the setting contribute to the internal and external conflicts of the stories main characters?

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