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Quiz: Could you fit in as a Musketeer?
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To be counted among the Musketeers of the Guard, a group of soldiers first selected hundreds of years ago to protect the king of France, a candidate had to be skilled in war, politics and love. See if you could make the grade.

The action in the novel "The Three Musketeers" takes place in what era?

  • the 1580s
  • the 1620s
  • the 1840s

Who was Alexandre Dumas, père?

  • a minister of Louis XIII
  • a popular novelist of the 19th century
  • the founder of the Musketeers of the Guard

At the beginning of the novel "The Three Musketeers," who is D'Artagnan?

  • the leader of the Musketeers of the Guard
  • a minister in the government of Louis XIII
  • a poor boy from the boondocks

What was the motto of the three musketeers in the novel?

  • Amor Vincit Omnia (Love conquers all).
  • All for one and one for all.
  • Every man for himself.

Which of these was NOT one of the original three musketeers?

  • Aramis
  • Porthos
  • Richelieu

The original musket was a heavy firearm invented in which country?

  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain

Firing an early, matchlock musket required which piece of equipment?

  • a bayonet
  • a pike
  • a piece of burning cord

In duels, the musketeers relied mainly on which weapon?

  • the pistol
  • the sword
  • the musket

In the days of musketeers, what was the role of pikemen?

  • They guarded the roads.
  • They carried long spears.
  • They supplied the musketeers with gunpowder.

True or false: One reason muskets and other gunpowder weapons replaced bows and arrows was because they allowed a soldier to fire faster.

  • true
  • false

Which of these statements about gunpowder is most accurate?

  • It was invented by the Egyptians.
  • Its invention has been traced to Chinese alchemists.
  • It was dug from the earth on the island of Gonne in the Aegean Sea.

Gunpowder consists of sulfur, charcoal and what other ingredient?

  • dynamite
  • flour
  • saltpeter

What was the advantage of the flintlock musket over the earlier matchlock version?

  • It could shoot many rounds without reloading.
  • It didn't require the musketeer to carry a smoldering length of cord.
  • It fired a larger bullet.

What was a Huguenot?

  • A French sailor
  • A French Protestant
  • A French pastry

Louis XIII waged war against adherents of which religion?

  • Roman Catholicism
  • Islam
  • Protestantism

During the 1620s, the French Musketeers of the Guard fought in a siege of which city?

  • Paris
  • La Rochelle
  • Bordeaux

Which of these items was part of the standard costume worn by the musketeers?

  • steel helmets with visors
  • caps embroidered with the king's emblem
  • broad-brimmed hats decorated with feathers

True or false: The musketeers followed a strict code of courage, loyalty and chastity.

  • true
  • false

True or False: Today's military rifles have no relationship at all to the muskets of the 1600s.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The Musketeers of the Guard still exist today as a ceremonial unit in France.

  • true
  • false