Quiz: Could you fit in as a Musketeer?

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

The story is set in the 1620s during the reign of French King Louis XIII.

Who was Alexandre Dumas, père?

Dumas wrote the novel "The Three Musketeers" in the 1840s.

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

D'Artagnan arrives in Paris from Gascony with the dream of becoming a musketeer.

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

All for one and one for all was the musketeers' motto.

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

Richelieu was a powerful cardinal and minister to the king, not a musketeer.

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

The original musket, known locally as a moschetto, was invented in Spain.

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

A piece of burning cord ignited the gunpowder charge.

In duels, the musketeers relied mainly on which weapon?

The sword or rapier was the traditional dueling weapon at the time.

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

The pikemen's 18-foot (5-meter) spears warded off attacks by cavalry, protecting the men with firearms.

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

A trained bowman could fire six arrows a minute. An musketeer could only shoot once every two or three minutes.

Which of these statements about gunpowder is most accurate?

Chinese alchemists stumbled on the formula for gunpowder around the year A.D. 1000.

Gunpowder consists of sulfur, charcoal and what other ingredient?

Saltpeter, or potassium nitrate, is the key ingredient in gunpowder.

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

The flintlock ignited the gunpowder with a spark, so the shooter didn't need to apply a burning cord.

What was a Huguenot?

A Huguenot was a French Protestant.

Louis XIII waged war against adherents of which religion?

The religious wars of 17th century France were between the Catholic king and the country's Protestants.

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

The French royal forces were besieging the Huguenot stronghold of La Rochelle.

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

No musketeer would be caught dead without his elaborate feathered hat.

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

Courage and loyalty, maybe. But as for chastity, these soldiers were great womanizers and famous lovers.

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

The modern rifle uses the explosion of gunpowder to hurl a bullet out the barrel, just as old-school muskets did.

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

The musketeers were disbanded completely in 1816.

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About This Quiz

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.

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