Quiz: Could you fit in as a Musketeer?

By: John Kelly

Quiz: Could you fit in as a Musketeer?
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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.
The action in the novel "The Three Musketeers" takes place in what era?
the 1580s
the 1620s
The story is set in the 1620s during the reign of French King Louis XIII.
the 1840s

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Who was Alexandre Dumas, père?
a minister of Louis XIII
a popular novelist of the 19th century
Dumas wrote the novel "The Three Musketeers" in the 1840s.
the founder of the Musketeers of the Guard

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

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What was the motto of the three musketeers in the novel?
Amor Vincit Omnia (Love conquers all).
All for one and one for all.
All for one and one for all was the musketeers' motto.
Every man for himself.

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Which of these was NOT one of the original three musketeers?
Aramis
Porthos
Richelieu
Richelieu was a powerful cardinal and minister to the king, not a musketeer.

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The original musket was a heavy firearm invented in which country?
Germany
France
Spain
The original musket, known locally as a moschetto, was invented in Spain.

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Firing an early, matchlock musket required which piece of equipment?
a bayonet
a pike
a piece of burning cord
A piece of burning cord ignited the gunpowder charge.

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In duels, the musketeers relied mainly on which weapon?
the pistol
the sword
The sword or rapier was the traditional dueling weapon at the time.
the musket

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In the days of musketeers, what was the role of pikemen?
They guarded the roads.
They carried long spears.
The pikemen's 18-foot (5-meter) spears warded off attacks by cavalry, protecting the men with firearms.
They supplied the musketeers with gunpowder.

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

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Which of these statements about gunpowder is most accurate?
It was invented by the Egyptians.
Its invention has been traced to Chinese alchemists.
Chinese alchemists stumbled on the formula for gunpowder around the year A.D. 1000.
It was dug from the earth on the island of Gonne in the Aegean Sea.

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Gunpowder consists of sulfur, charcoal and what other ingredient?
dynamite
flour
saltpeter
Saltpeter, or potassium nitrate, is the key ingredient in gunpowder.

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

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What was a Huguenot?
A French sailor
A French Protestant
A Huguenot was a French Protestant.
A French pastry

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Louis XIII waged war against adherents of which religion?
Roman Catholicism
Islam
Protestantism
The religious wars of 17th century France were between the Catholic king and the country's Protestants.

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During the 1620s, the French Musketeers of the Guard fought in a siege of which city?
Paris
La Rochelle
The French royal forces were besieging the Huguenot stronghold of La Rochelle.
Bordeaux

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

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True or false: The musketeers followed a strict code of courage, loyalty and chastity.
true
false
Courage and loyalty, maybe. But as for chastity, these soldiers were great womanizers and famous lovers.

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True or False: Today's military rifles have no relationship at all to the muskets of the 1600s.
true
false
The modern rifle uses the explosion of gunpowder to hurl a bullet out the barrel, just as old-school muskets did.

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True or false: The Musketeers of the Guard still exist today as a ceremonial unit in France.
true
false
The musketeers were disbanded completely in 1816.

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You Got:
/20
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