The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to become a musketeer. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis—inseparable friends who live by the motto, "One for all, and all for one". The story of d'Artagnan is continued in Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne. Those three novels by Dumas are together known as the D'Artagnan Romances. The Three Musketeers was first published in serial form in the magazine Le Siècle between March and July 1844. (From feedbooks.com)
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Chapter 1 - THE THREE PRESENTS OF D'ARTAGNAN THE ELDER
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Meung-sur-Loire is a town located in north-central France. (This annotation contains an image)
Before you read the next paragraph, watch the video below, which discusses how to pick out and interpret an allusion. Hint: the next paragraph includes an allusion. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on what you know about allusions, choose the option that includes the allusion from the above paragraph.
Based on the information provided about M. d' Artagnan, choose the word that best characterizes this man.
We are beginning to see the reverence placed upon cardinals during this time. Does this intrigue you at all?
The word 'patios' is often used to refer to Gascon. This word, in France, is used to describe a non-official or devalued language. In this case, the narrator is making it seem as though the language that the elder M. d'Artagnan is speaking deserves scorn of some sort.
Using what you know about literary elements, choose the element that is employed in the highlighted text.
Although the highlighted word is most likely unknown to you, keep in mind that you could use context clues or the Define feature in order to determine the meaning of this word.
In what way do the words spoken by d' Artagnan's adversary compare to those spoken by Mercutio?
In the clip (from Romeo and Juliet) below, the Capulets and Montagues are in the process of fighting, something that they have been forbidden from doing, on pain of death. After being stabbed under Romeo's arm, Mercutio utters a similar line to that which is highlighted in the text. As you watch the video below, consider the meaning of these words. (This annotation contains a video)
In this case, which option from the Define feature offers the best definition for the highlighted word?
The link below includes the very short fable referenced in the highlighted text. As you read this fable, consider how it relates to the novel's plot. (This annotation contains a link)
Does this mean that the paper is worthless?
Choose the word that describes the tone of the first chapter of this novel.
Chapter 2 - THE ANTECHAMBER OF M. DE TREVILLE
A sou is a form of French money (no longer in use) that held a very low value. (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the option that offers the best description of the relationship between M. de Treville and Louis XIII.
The sketch below is that of the Rue du Vieux-Colombier. During the time that this novel is set, the streets in this place most likely looked very different. (This annotation contains an image)
Have you noticed that the narrator speaks directly to the reader? Why do you think that the author has chosen to structure the novel in this way?
What does d'Artagnan's thought about pagans say about his personal religious beliefs?
Use the description offered by the narrator and try to picture in your head what this man, Aramis, looks like.
Using context clues, along with the Define feature, choose the option that offers the name of Aramis's "first vocation."
Do you think that this is something that Aramis must often do?
Look back at the title of this chapter. Do you find it interesting that the author chose to include a reference to this location at the end of the chapter? Why do you think that the author chose to title this chapter in this way?
Chapter 3 - THE AUDIENCE
The mention of Jupiter is an example of what literary device?
Jupiter is the most powerful of all of the Roman gods. He is a sky god and is often depicted holding a thunderbolt with an eagle standing next to him. (This annotation contains an image)
Though Porthos and Aramis are angry with M. de Treville, they do not spit venom at him. For what reason is this so?
Do you know what hyperbole is? Read the highlighted sentence, which includes a great example of this literary device. Are these men's heads truly "glued to the tapestry"?
Did you look up the definition of 'vociferate'? Did you notice that it means 'to shout'? Why didn't the narrator simply say that everyone shouted? What do elaborate words add to a text?
What literary device is employed in the highlighted text?
Are you surprised at all that there is an instance that would will d'Artagnan to give up his coveted spot as a Musketeer?
Choose the best interpretation of the highlighted text.
Chapter 4 - THE SHOULDER OF ATHOS, THE BALDRIC OF PORTHOS AND THE HANDKERCHIEF OF ARAMIS
The image below includes a baldric, which is the belt-like apparatus across the person's body. (This annotation contains an image)
Often times, authors use literary devices to spice up their stories and to help the readers to form a more intricate picture of the events. What literary device is used in this highlighted text?
Did you know that the Rue de Seine is a well-known street in France? In fact, the real-life d'Artagnan (Count D'Artagnan) lived at number 25 Rue de Seine. (This annotation contains an image)
Re-read the highlighted text. What does this reveal about d'Artagnan's character?
In what ways do Treville and d'Artagnan compare?
Let's take a little time to explore the life of the real-life d'Artagnan. Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan lived from 1611-1673 and served Louis XIV as captain of the Musketeers of the Guard. He died at the Siege of Maastricht in the Franco-Dutch War. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 5 - THE KING'S MUSKETEERS AND THE CARDINAL'S GUARDS
Do you think that this highlighted statement is foreshadowing something, or is it just d'Artagnan's self-defeating nature?
Why is d'Artagnan making a choice between the king and the cardinal?
For many centuries dueling was not a sport. Rather, it was reserved for the upper-class as a way to solve disagreements. One of the main rules of dueling was that a man generally could not refuse a duel without being denounced as a coward. In fact, honor was given for showing up for the duel. Furthermore, during the duel, a man was expected to keep his cool, in order to uphold one’s reputation.
You may have noticed that the definitions presented (using the Define feature) for 'flourishes' do not fit well into its use in the highlighted sentence. With that in mind, create your own. What definition would work best for this word, as it is used in this sentence?
Watch the video clip below, which is from the 2011 film version of this novel. What do you notice? Is this how you pictured the men fighting together? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 6 - HIS MAJESTY KING LOUIS XIII
Louis XIII was in fact deemed Louis the Just. What do you think that this means? Do you think that the novel will reveal this personality trait that he speaks of?
If you were Treville, what would you tell the king about d'Artagnan?
Pardieu means "by Jove" or "by Christ." It is a term that you will see periodically throughout the novel.
What aspect of d'Artagnan's life does Bernajoux not understand or know about?
The Louvre Museum is the world's largest and most visited museums in the world. This museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, which was originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. (This annotation contains an image)
According to the text, what type of relationship do Treville and Tremouille have with one another?
Make an inference as to the way(s) in which the highlighted statement may pertain to the novel in another way than the hunting of game.
By the end of the 16th century, French Protestants who were inspired by the writings of John Calvin were called Huguenots. The observers of this faith were persecuted, and many decided to flee to neighboring countries, in order to find religious freedom. (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the option that offers the best summary of the highlighted text.
Why do you think that this is so? What does this say about a king during this time and his stature?
Chapter 7 - THE INTERIOR OF "THE MUSKETEERS"
The event connected to d'Artagnan's forty pistoles reveals that he is generous, trusting, and loyal. Choose one of these character traits and explain how/why this is so. Also, make a conjecture about how this may affect him later in the novel.
We must assume that the Louvre at this time is the Louvre Palace used by the king; it is not a museum at this point in history.
The Bridge Tournelle is a bridge that spans the river Seine in Paris, France. The initial bridge (built in the Middle Ages) was a wooden structure. Unfortunately, it was washed away in a flood in 1651 and rebuilt using stone. (This annotation contains an image)
At this point in the novel, the narrator is offering a lot of information to the reader about the central characters in this novel. This is called characterization. Watch the video below, in order to learn more about the two types of characterization. Be ready to answer a question about characterization in this novel! (This annotation contains a video)
Choose the option from below that offers an example of INDIRECT CHARACTERIZATION of one of the characters described in this chapter.
What is d'Artagnan fretting about in the paragraph above?
What do you think about this decision; was it a wise move on d'Artagnan's part?
Chapter 8 - CONCERNING A COURT INTRIGUE
The image below is that of a pistole. (This annotation contains an image)
For what reason are these men "haunting the quays and Guard rooms, picking up among their friends abroad all the dinners they could meet with"?
Choose the word that best describes the life of the queen of France, as she is characterized by the citizen.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Sarabande was "originally a dance considered disreputable in 16th-century Spain, and, later, a slow, stately dance that was popular in France. Possibly of Mexican origin or perhaps evolved from a Spanish dance with Arab influence that was modified in the New World, it was apparently danced by a double line of couples to castanets and lively music. It was vigorously suppressed in Spain in 1583 but in the early 17th century spread to Italy and reached the French court, where it became a slow, serious processional dance in 3/2 metre." (This annotation contains a video)
According to the letter sent by the captors, what are the terms of the woman's abductors?
The Bastille was constructed as a medieval fortress on the east side of Paris. During the time period that the novel is set, it was a state prison. (This annotation contains an image)
What's so important about this mystery man? Why might d'Artagnan want to catch him so badly?
Chapter 9 - D'ARTAGNAN SHOWS HIMSELF
More often than not, an author chooses to title his chapters in a way that provides information about what is included in each chapter. Make a prediction as to the content included in this chapter. What aspect of d'Artagnan do you think is revealed to others in this chapter?
Many consider Gascon a language, as opposed to a dialect. For the most part, it is most widely spoken in the sourthern portion of France. As you watch the video, notice the hints of other languages that are a part of this French language/dialect. (This annotation contains a video)
What type of figurative language is used by Athos, in order to vow silence to Aramis?
Why would d'Artagnan allow, even push forward, the imprisonment of Monsieur Bonacieux?
Think back to the comment made earlier in the novel. Where will Bonacieux most likely be taken?
Now's the time to make a judgement call. Is this chapter aptly named? Be sure to support your opinion with evidence from the text.
Chapter 10 - A MOUSETRAP IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
The well-known, spring-loaded mousetrap was first patented by William C. Hooker (a U.S. citizen), in 1894. A British inventor, James Henry Atkinson, patented a similar trap called the "Little Nipper," in 1898. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text includes several comparisons that do not use 'like' or 'as' in the wording. These comparisons are metaphors. What/Who is being compared to a mouse?
The highlighted text includes a simile. Knowing this, can you find it? What is being compared?
Why is this information so important to the novel and d'Artagnan?
The archways in the photo below are wickets of the Louvre. (This annotation contains an image)
Since you are not able to define this French phrase, you must use context clues, in order to figure out its meaning. Choose the best translation of this phrase, as it is used in the text.
Chapter 11 - IN WHICH THE PLOT THICKENS
What do you think this proverb means? When crafting your answer, consider what is going on in the novel. Once you have crafted an explanation of the proverb, relate it to the real world. How does it relate to our lives?
In a swashbuckling novel, why might the author include details such as these?
The highlighted text means that the woman was trying to walk quietly, but it was not working. What type of figurative language is used, in order to create this meaning?
What do you think is the answer to this question?
Why is d'Artagnan so surprised by this?
Below is a picture of Rue de la Harpe. Although it looked different during the 1600s, you have a picture of the setup of this street in Paris. An interesting tidbit of information about this street is that in 1800, the Parisian police reportedly documented several murders committed by a barber and baker on this street. The pair are often cited as a significant influence on the story of the murderous barber Sweeney Todd and his baker accomplice. Interesting, huh? (This annotation contains an image)
For what reason does the woman warn d'Artagnan?
What are your initial thoughts about these comments made by d'Artagnan? In your response, relate this sudden love to another text that you have read before. How did a love of this nature turn out for the characters involved?
What do you think? Do you agree?
At this point in the novel, the mood is a bit different from that of the previous chapters. Choose the word that best describes the current mood.
In what way does this statement prove that Planchet is a lot like d'Artagnan?
Picardy is located in the northern region of France. There is a strong cultural heritage there which brings the local inhabitants together and creates a pride that mimics that of Planchet's. (This annotation contains an image)
If you were writing this novel, what word would you replace 'stupefied' with?
If you were d'Artagnan, would you confess your love and offer your service in the same breath? Why do you suppose d'Artagnan has done this?
Chapter 12 - GEORGE VILLIERS, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM
Why might the narrator choose to demean this woman in such a manner? Isn't this characterization a bit unfair? Or, is this a way for the narrator to make a judgement about this woman?
Why do you think that the narrator keeps mentioning Buckingham's Musketeer uniform? Is this repetition important?
Choose the option that is NOT a way in which George Villiers is characterized in this chapter.
The video below contains a part of the balcony scene from a production of Romeo and Juliet. As you watch these star-crossed lovers speak to one another, consider how the scene relates to the events that are currently transpiring in the novel. (This annotation contains a link)
Choose the option that is NOT a way in which the balcony scene (along with Romeo and Juliet) relates to the events that are currently transpiring in the novel.
Chapter 13 - MONSIEUR BONACIEUX
Based on the way that the narrator describes the commissary, choose the word that best sums up this man's physical features.
It's a bit odd that the commissary is rattling off this type of information because he holds little power in the grand scheme of things. Why would he be trying to intimidate Bonacieux, when he knows that he is not powerful enough to truly do so?
The video below discusses hyperbole. After you watch, consider how the highlighted text incorporates this literary device. (This annotation contains a link)
What is significant about these statements made by Bonacieux?
The large structure below sits atop Mount Athos, in Greece. (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the word that describes what Bonacieux is currently doing to his wife.
The picture below includes the Hotel de Ville, which is the large building with what looks like a light blue, tiled roof. The executions in Place de La Greve took place in the town's square, just outside of the hotel. Is this what you pictured from the description presented in the novel? Is the author true to the details presented in the picture? (This annotation contains an image)
How does the author create suspense in Chapter 13?
Chapter 14 - THE MAN OF MEUNG
As the novel has progressed we have read a lot about this man. We know how integral he is to the goings-on in this novel. Why do you think that the author chose to wait so long to have him enter the novel in-person?
Did you know that Armand Jean Duplessis is a real historical figure? According to Encyclopedia Britannica, from 1624-1642, he was chief minister to King Louis XIII of France. During his time as chief minister, he worked to establish royal absolutism (a monarchy without constitutional limits). Does this sound like the man included in this novel?
Do you think that this is an overstatement, or does he really mean to ask if the cardinal will be kind?
After using context clues and the Define feature, choose the option from below that correctly uses 'complacent.'
What words would have most likely ended this question? Would you agree to this measurement of this woman?
This statement is not an overstatement; the cardinal is in fact quite cunning and smart. This can help him in so many ways.
What would result from the cardinal finding the Duke of Buckingham in Paris?
Chapter 15 - MEN OF THE ROBE AND MEN OF THE SWORD
Why do you think that he is saving what he knows about the Duke for a later time? Isn't this news something that will ultimately help him?
The highlighted text contains a reference to Samson and the Philistines, which is a story from the Bible. What literary device is being employed?
Use the Define feature to look up this word. Do you believe that Treville's pride is undeserved, or is he warranted in this matter?
For what reason does the cardinal feel like this?
Explain what makes the highlighted text verbally ironic.
The video discusses verbal irony. As you read on, watch for instances in which this literary device is used. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 16 - M. SEGUIER, KEEPER OF THE SEALS, LOOKS MORE THAN ONCE FOR THE BELL, IN ORDER TO RING IT, AS HE DID BEFORE
The Luxembourg Palace was built in 1615, as a royal residence for Marie de' Midici (mother of Louis XIII). Since 1958, it has been the seat of the French Senate of the Fifth Republic. (This annotation contains an image)
According to many of the annotations provided in this text, many of the places and people are real figures. Why do you think that the author chose to include so many real-world people and places, as opposed to completely fictionalizing this novel?
How does the use of this word deepen the reader's understanding of the chancellor?
What must occur, in order for this story about the chancellor to be important to the reader?
What statement made by the cardinal is substantiated by the information in this letter?
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Queen Anne was the eldest daughter of King Philip III of Spain and Margaret of Austria. She was married to Louis XIII, who was 14 at the time, in 1615. In 1625, a scandal hurt her credibility, when it was revealed that the Duke of Buckingham cared deeply (passionately) for her. Throughout much of her reign, she attempted to persuade the king to dismiss the cardinal, yet she was never able to influence her husband about this matter. Does this information sound familiar?
Who is the author of this letter?
Why would the narrator include this information in the list of items that will determine this woman's arrival? Bias? Characterization of the speaker? What is it?
Chapter 17 - BONACIEUX AT HOME
The highlighted statement is an example of indirect characterization of the king. What character trait is being indirectly revealed about this man?
For what reason is the king pushing so hard for the queen to appear with the diamonds at the party?
Based on the conversation between these two women, what do you think is included in this book. The full title of this book is Memoirs of Mme. de Motteville on Anne of Austria and Her Court.
What is the change that the narrator refers to in the highlighted text?
The highlighted text includes a literary device called anaphora.
This text also includes anaphora.
This text includes the third highlighted example of anaphora in this chapter. With that in mind, choose the option that offers the best definition for this literary device.
The practice of torture as punishment and/or interrogation was practiced in France between 1600 and 1788. Many people used this act because they believed that it was the most influential tool to draw truth out of its resting place, the body. In 1788, the practice of torture was abolished.
In the highlighted text, Bonacieux is trying to figure out who he was more afraid of making angry. Who won? Is he more afraid of making the queen or the cardinal angry? How do you know?
Chapter 18 - LOVER AND HUSBAND
What does this reveal about her feelings toward d'Artagnan?
Look back at the title of this chapter. What is interesting to note, with regards to the recent events and the chapter title?
The short video below discusses situational irony. As you watch, consider how it relates to the event that is currently transpiring in the novel. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain the irony of an act such as this. What does the addition of this act add to the story?
The above reference to the Ear of Dionysius is an allusion. What point is meant to be conveyed by the inclusion of this location?
The image below is of the Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), which is a popular spot of interest located on the island of Sicily in Italy. According to folklore, Dionysius used the cave as a prison for political prisoners. The perfect acoustics of the cave allowed him to eavesdrop on the secrets of those imprisoned. A different legend claims that Dionysius sculpted the cave into a shape which would amplify the screams of the tortured captives inside. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 19 - PLAN OF CAMPAIGN
The highlighted term is defined as complete freedom to act as one wishes. With that in mind, what is d'Artagnan considering in this paragraph?
What is being revealed about the relationship between Treville and d'Artagnan?
This comparison is a simile. The narrator is explaining the way in which Aramis looks by comparing (using 'like') the color of his face to the color associated with death.
Why does Aramis appear to be so perturbed about the questions that d'Artagnan is posing to him?
The highlighted text includes an idiom. An idiom is a phrase that has two meanings (literal and figurative). What is the figurative meaning of this phrase?
These days, when we hear the word 'campaign,' we think of an election. What does it mean in this instance? They are not talking about an election, are they?
Chapter 20 - THE JOURNEY
The highlighted text is an example of what literary device?
The map below includes a visual representation of the journey from Paris to London. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think that these men allowed their lackeys to sleep in such uncomfortable conditions? Do you agree/disagree with their allowing Grimaud and Planchet to do this?
According to sciencemuseum.org, the act of intentionally "losing blood was considered to be beneficial to health. This practice was called bloodletting and was the most common procedure performed by surgeons for almost two thousand years."
Make a prediction as to the fate of this man and his letter. Why would this gentleman be included at this point in the novel?
Sixty leagues equals 333 kilometers or 207 miles. That's quite a few miles (without a car) in 40 hours, isn't it?
What do the Comte de Wardes and d'Artagnan have in common? Hint: It is referenced by the narrator above.
Roughly, how many miles is equal to three leagues?
The Pont Neuf is an arch bridge in Paris, France. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 21 - THE COUNTESS DE WINTER
The highlighted text includes a simile. In fact, the duke is comparing the queen's wishes to those of God, like she is as powerful as this deity. What does this comparison say about the power that he places in the hands of this woman?
Choose the option that explains the simile in the highlighted text.
It has been made clear throughout this novel that relations between France and England are very strained. In fact, the historical reason for this is mainly based on religion. During the English Reformation, when most of England's population converted to Protestantism, many citizens that wanted to practice their Roman Catholic religion fled to France, where this religious practice remained. The rift between countries began because each side believed that the other was practicing a heretical religion. What do you think is the reason for the rift that is currently taking place in the novel? Is it based on religion?
What has Buckingham done, in order to solve the issue of the missing diamonds?
D'Artagnan gives to the duke two reasons for the work that he has performed for him? The first is that he is being loyal to the queen. What is the other?
St. Valery is a commune located in northern France. (This annotation contains an image)
What is revealed in the paragraph above?
Chapter 22 - THE BALLET OF LA MERLAISON
Click on the link below, in order to view a short video that includes performers dancing the La Merlaison. (This annotation contains a link)
It can be asked whether or not the narrator is reliable. In questioning this, it should be asked whether or not the highlighted line is factual or a facade. What do you think? Is d'Artagnan a lover or a player? Be sure to support your answer with textual evidence.
Chapter 23 - THE RENDEZ-VOUS
What does he mean by this? How does one 'wear out his courage,' as d'Artagnan is suggesting?
In using the highlighted word to describe the conversation between d'Artagnan and Bonacieux, what is the narrator attempting to make clear about the two men?
It's a wonder to think about how far this young man has come. At the beginning of the novel, d'Artagnan was simply seeking a place as a Musketeer, which he has not yet attained. Now, he has managed to be the main irritant of the most powerful man in Paris, the cardinal.
Breakdown the highlighted statements. Is there any truth in Treville's warning to d'Artagnan? Is the queen truly an ally of d'Artagnan's?
During that time in history, coining was the act of clipping coins for the purpose of counterfeiting money. In many areas of Europe, this practice was considered a treasonous act and could result in the death of the criminal that perpetrated this crime.
What aspect(s) of this chapter contribute to the suspense (rising action) in the novel? When answering this question, be sure to cite specific details, in order to show that this chapter includes aspects of rising action, as opposed to falling action or resolution.
Chapter 24 - THE PAVILION
The map below offers a modern representation of the landmarks in Paris. You may notice, on the left-hand side of the map, that the Bois de Boulogne is represented by trees. During the time that this book was set, this location was used as royal hunting grounds. Now, it includes a large park, botanical gardens, and nature trails. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text includes what type of figurative language?
This highlighted text includes great examples of imagery. With that in mind, how would you define this literary device?
What words are used in the paragraph above to create its mood?
During the man's recollection of the night's happenings, he was able to include the threat made against him by the woman's captors. Why do you suppose this man has ignored these threats and is speaking to d'Artagnan?
The image below is that of a crown, which was currency used throughout Europe. This form of currency originated from and was most often used in Britain. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 25 - PORTHOS
Based on the way that the narrator characterizes Treville in the above paragraph, choose the word that best summarizes his personality.
Breakdown these words. What does the narrator mean, and how does it relate to d'Artagnan?
The highlighted text contains hyperbole. With that in mind, choose the option below that offers the best definition for this device.
The Palais-Royal was initially called Palais Cardinal. It was Cardinal Richelieu's residence until his death in 1642. After his death, the king gained it as his property and re-named it Palais-Royal. (This annotation contains an image)
The map below not only depicts the location of Pierrefitte, with relation to Paris, but it also shows the location of St. Denis. (This annotation contains an image)
This paragraph gives several details about d'Artagnan that have made the innkeeper assume that he is worthy of respect.Choose the option that is NOT a detail presented in this paragraph.
Lansquenet is a gambling card game. It was originally created and played in Germany. It is a game of chance and not much strategy. (This annotation contains an image)
What does it mean to be the favorite of someone? Choose the answer that relates to this instance.
Why does the woman's appearance serve to change her mind about Porthos and his situation? Why does that matter?
What information has d'Artagnan falsely provided to Porthos, which made him relax?
Describe the irony of the situation described in the highlighted text. What's so important about the fact that a Huguenot and a Catholic killed Mousqueton's father?
The image below depicts a snare, a type of trap. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 26 - ARAMIS AND HIS THESIS
Did you use the Define feature in order to understand the meaning of the highlighted word? Did you know that you can dissect a word if you know the meanings of the word's parts? For instance, what does it mean to be vain? What does it mean to be/feel glorious? Look up the word's meaning. Were you right?
What/Who is the subject of d'Artagnan's daydream, as he rides toward his destination?
Why does d'Artagnan believe that he holds little esteem in discussions about religion?
What plan is Aramis revealing to d'Artagnan?
Translated directly to English, this phrase means 'desire devil.' How does this relate to what is going on in the text?
Using the present events transpiring in the novel, decipher the meaning of this statement.
For what reason has the narrator decided to share this story about Aramis and his past? What does it add to the novel?
Use the Define feature to define 'sepulcher.' Once you have done so, try to figure out what is meant by this highlighted metaphor.
What does this highlighted action represent?
Chapter 27 - THE WIFE OF ATHOS
Based on d'Artagnan's thoughts, what is revealed about his feelings toward Athos?
Not only did Louis XIII like to hunt as an adult, he also hunted quite frequently, with is father, when he was a child. In fact, he often hunted near Versailles during his childhood.
A euphemism is a mild or indirect expression that takes the place of one that is too harsh, when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. With that in mind, do you consider 'exterminate' to be a euphemism for 'murder'?
According to the innkeeper's account, what has become of Athos?
Rubens (1577 - 1640) was a prolific Flemish Baroque painter. He is well-known for his portraits, landscapes, and paintings of mythological subjects. Below is a painting that he did of Anne of Austria. (This annotation contains an image)
The image below illustrates the way this cellar would look, with sausages hanging (and curing) from the ceiling. (This annotation contains an image)
Within the highlighted text, the narrator is creating a stark contrast between d'Artagnan and Athos. What point is the narrator attempting to make?
Based on the discussion transpiring between Athos and d'Artagnan, what is meant by the highlighted word?
Chapter 28 - THE RETURN
Burgundy wine is a type of wine made in Burgundy, which is located in the eastern part of France. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature, in order to learn the definition of the highlighted word. Based on the context of the text, what type of utterances were these?
According to the paragraph above, what value has Athos placed on Grimaud?
Creveccoeur is a commune located in northern France. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the difference between the way that Aramis and Athos lost their horses?
In order to better understand the amount of money Porthos is referring to, one must do a bit of simple math. Five shillings make one crown. The relative value of five shillings today would be $32.00. With that in mind, thirty crowns would roughly be the equivalent of $192, today.
Croesus was the last king of Lydia, an area that prospered during his reign. He died in 546 BC. He left behind a great deal of riches. (This annotation contains an image)
The author chose to use the allusion to Croesus in hopes of making what point?
This is yet another allusion. This time, the allusion references a Greek mathematician and inventor.
Chapter 29 - HUNTING FOR THE EQUIPMENTS
In the first paragraph of this chapter, what personal characteristic of d'Artagnan is compared to that of Porthos?
Did you know that Catholics believe it is a sin to commit suicide? Using this information, what point is Athos trying to make?
The highlighted text includes a simile. Using what you know about similes, explain the comparison being made in this simile.
St. Magloire is an abbey, which is located in the commune of Lehon. (This annotation contains an image)
Madame Coquenard has just revealed some information about her husband to Porthos.Which of the following options is NOT something which she has revealed?
Why is this woman calling him a traitor? Does she mean it, or is this meant playfully?
Chapter 30 - D'ARTAGNAN AND THE ENGLISHMAN
Pictured below is a portion of Rue Ferou. (This annotation contains an image)
The video below discusses foils in literature. As you watch, consider what type of character each person is in this novel (protagonist, antagonist, foil, etc.). (This annotation contains a link)
Create an explanation to support the fact that this character can be considered a foil for d'Artagnan. When crafting your answer, be sure to include plot details to support your point(s).
It's interesting to note the contrast that the narrator is making between Milady and the female gender. In fact, Milady has been characterized throughout this novel in a way that makes her seem to subscribe more to the tenants of a male's personality than that of a female. In this instance, she seems confrontational, which was very much against the way women were expected to act during this time period.
What event is set to take place at six o'clock?
Chapter 31 - ENGLISH AND FRENCH
Does this imagery help you to picture the scene? It surely adds intrigue to the event that is about to transpire.
According to Athos, why was he required to kill his adversary?
There are many rules and customs associated with duels. Most often, men were called upon to duel because another man was wronged and/or his pride was stained in some manner. In your opinion, is it the pride or the search for justice that drives a man to call for a duel in this novel? To clarify, do the men in this novel fight because of pride, revenge, justice, or a mixture of all?
Men once carried coin purses. The oldest known purse dates back more than 5,000 years. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, men's trousers replaced men's breeches, and pockets were incorporated. This changed things and enabled men to begin carrying change without change purses (leather bags).
Wait, what about Madame Bonacieux? Is d'Artagnan truly smitten over Milady, or is this just a ruse?
For what reason is d'Artagnan oblivious to the affections presented by Kitty?
Chapter 32 - A PROCURATOR'S DINNER
Choose the option from below that is NOT a detail used to describe the setting of this chapter.
In all actuality, Porthos is not the cousin of the lady of the house, but he is a distant cousin of M. Coquenard. This is an ironic fact.
The illustration below includes a 17th century French soldier. Is this what you pictured? (This annotation contains an image)
How is Porthos' objective in this discussion much different from Mme. Coquenard's?
Chapter 33 - SOUBRETTE AND MISTRESS
Based on what you know about the soubrette and mistresses in the novel, when were these names used together? Using that information, choose another title for this chapter.
It is not until he thinks that this girl is giving him something that will help him that he acknowledges her and the way that she looks. It's a good thing that she cannot read his thoughts, right?
Create an explanation for the highlighted statement. How does it relate to the event that is currently transpiring in the novel?
Is this a different side of d'Artagnan, or do you think that he really is a bit of an insensitive person? He is using this girl that loves him in order to create gain for himself. Does this part of his character surprise you?
This statement, although possibly true, is an instance that brings light to the fact that pride is a messy (even horrible) thing to mess with. With that in mind, name an instance in this novel when pride renders a positive result and/or shines a positive light on the character that possesses this characteristic.
It's interesting to understand that this feature of Milday's relationship with her servant is much different from that of Planchet and d'Artagnan. In fact, d'Artagnan includes Planchet in quite a few of his conquests, which require the divulgence of many of his secrets to his lackey.
What does this mean? Use what you know about Milady, in order to answer this question: is she a decent woman?
Choose the option that offers an alternate title for this chapter.
Chapter 34 - IN WHICH THE EQUIPMENT OF ARAMIS AND PORTHOS IS TREATED OF
Yet again, the narrator speaks directly to the reader. Do you recall reading other books that incorporate this type of narration?
Knowing what you know about Tours and who resides in that location, who is this letter most likely from?
What is your initial reaction to this statement? Is this fair to say to Mme. Coquenard?
In what way is Porthos' relationship with his mistress similar to d'Artagnan's with Kitty?
Chapter 35 - A GASCON A MATCH FOR CUPID
Explain the comparison that the narrator is making between d'Artagnan and Kitty. At this very moment, how do their situations compare?
The image below is a sapphire ring with briliants around the blue stone. (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the option that offers the best summary of this letter.
Kitty is so excited because she believes that d'Artagnan is confessing to Milady that he is leaving her for Kitty (without coming out and naming his new lover).
Chapter 36 - DREAM OF VENGEANCE
Many of the sentences in this novel employ some sort of literary element and/or figurative language. What type of figurative language is used in the highlighted line?
How much truth is included in this statement? Did he give up his love for Madame Bonacieux?
In the Bible, this man is said to be the second son of Noah.
Have you noticed that the author has chosen to include quite a few instances of figurative language in his work? What form is used in the highlighted text?
Chapter 37 - MILADY'S SECRET
What issue lies in d'Artagnan avenging Milady?
Under normal circumstances, would d'Artagnan consider dodging a fight? Since we know this character quite well, this answer should be easy.
The fleur-de-lis was branded on people in order to mark them as criminals. (This annotation contains an image)
An assumption can be made that the event that has just transpired is the climax of this novel. Create an argument for or against this claim. Be sure to present details from the text to support your points.
Yet again, the author makes a statement that further shows the thinking of the time period in which he wrote. For many years, women were thought to be the weaker of the sexes, and that is just what he is trying to prove in making such a statement.
Chapter 38 - HOW, WITHOUT INCOMMODING HIMSELF, ATHOS PROCURED HIS EQUIPMENT
Why might these questions be the first that Athos asks, when he sees his comrade in such a state? What does this say about the climate of their lives?
Based on what you know about this symbol, why would Milady want to remove it from her body?
The Siege of La Rochelle took place between 1627 and 1628. It took occurred because of a dispute between the French royal forces of Louis XIII of France and the Huguenots of La Rochelle. This siege ended with a complete victory for King Louis XIII and the Catholics. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does d'Artagnan ask Planchet to find Aramis?
This novel was written in 1844, despite being set in the early 1600's. What are the ramifications of writing a novel that is set in the distant past? What are the positives and negatives of choosing to write a novel that takes place in a time period that is nearly 200 years prior to that in which the author is living?
At this time, Athos is prepared with equipment for the war.
Chapter 39 - A VISION
Throughout this novel, the cardinal is set against the heroes. His character is juxtaposed with that of the three Musketeers and d'Artagnan. What purpose does this serve?
That's a lot of worth to put on a horse, isn't it? During this period in history, many people soley depended on their horses to transport them. In this novel, horses were very important. Not only were they traded, but they also took the men to and from the destinations that got them in and out of trouble.
Using context clues and what you know about the plot of the story, choose the option that offers the word associated the following terms:genetroancharger
Why do you think that this word is capitalized? Isn't it simply a common noun? Why is it made to look proper? What effect is created by making a structural choice like this?
Based on the way that people from Gascony are characterized in this novel, choose the word that best describes them.
Chapter 40 - A TERRIBLE VISION
The reader knows otherwise. He knows that d'Artagnan arrived in Paris to find much more than just a fortune.
Make a conjecture as to the reason why the cardinal would want d'Artagnan on his staff.
Throughout much of this back-and-forth between the cardinal and d'Artagnan, the two men use _________________.
Create an argument to either support or refute the idea that the highlighted text proves that out of the 3 Musketeers, Athos is d'Artagnan's closest comrade.
Throughout the novel, M. Conquenard encounters Aramis. Unbeknownst to him, his wife is cheating on him with this new friend of his. Since we know this, but M. Coquenard does not, this situation is considered DRAMATIC IRONY. Can you create a definition for this literary element?
Chapter 41 - THE SIEGE OF LA ROCHELLE
Based on the information provided in an earlier annotation, what was the outcome of this siege?
Pay close attention to the information that the narrator is about to present. This narrator is breaking from the story in order to present real-life historical information which is directly linked to this novel and its plot details. The delivery of this information is much different that that of many other novels, which strictly present their plots in fictional ways.
The video below presents the various types of point of view used in writing. As you watch, consider which point of view this novel is told from. (This annotation contains a video)
Using what you know about the novel and its structure, choose the point of view from which this novel is told.
The image below includes a bastion, which is the protrusion that extends out of the castle wall. These were built in order to allow the firing of weapons in many different directions. (This annotation contains an image)
How would this novel be changed if it were told from a first-person point of view? Choose a character from the novel and explain how the novel would be different if he/she told the story.
What do you think the others would think of this decision if he were to divulge this incident to them?
What must be true, in order for the highlighted text to be proven?
Chapter 42 - THE ANJOU WINE
Judging from what has transpired throughout this novel, who is most likely behind the sending of this wine?
Villeroy is a commune just outside of Paris. (This annotation contains an image)
What line of work does Aramis hope to soon pursue?
Madelonnettes Convent is just one convent in France where Constance could be held. The idea for this convent was sparked in 1618, but it was not until 1648 that the first chapel was inaugurated by Queen Anne (of Austria). (This annotation contains an image)
What is meant by the highlighted idiom?
Chapter 43 - THE SIGN OF THE RED DOVECOT
An analogy is a comparison between two things, most often based upon their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification. The highlighted text contains an analogy. With that in mind, explain the analogy in this portion of the text, which is included to provide further clarification.
Charles de Valois was given the title Duke of Angouleme in 1620. In 1627, he commanded the French forces at the siege of La Rochelle. In 1635, during the Thirty Years' War, he was general of the French army in Lorraine. (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the best paraphrase for the highlighted text.
Hors de combat is an 18th century French term that means to be out of duty because of injury.
Why might this news pacify the cardinal? Why doesn't he want these men to have seen the woman that they are speaking about?
Chapter 44 - THE UTILITY OF STOVEPIPES
King Henry IV was considered by many to be a great king. After ascending the throne, he renounced his religious beliefs and converted to Catholicism in order to appease the French public. In 1610, he was assassinated. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the conversation between Milady and the cardinal, what did he mean when he said, "If he persists,... then I shall hope for one of those events which change the destinies of states"?
It's interesting to note the changes in language, as history has progressed. What does 'cool' mean today? What does it mean in this instance?
Chapter 45 - A CONJUGAL SCENE
What has really become of Athos?
There are many instances in the novel where this woman either is not treated nor does not act like a lady. Why is this so ironic?
This piece of paper, if you have already deduced, is the carte blanche. A carte blanche is something that grants the holder unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion. This type of power is extremely dangerous in Milday's hands.
Chapter 46 - THE BASTION SAINT-GERVAIS
The highlighted text contains a simile that compares the walls to sheets of paper in order to make it clear that both are thin.
Using the context clues that are included in the sentence following the highlighted text, choose the option that offers the nature of this French word.
If you use the Define feature to learn the definition of this word, you will learn that viands are provisions. Provisions are simply items of food.
What a statement! What does this idiom mean?
Chapter 47 - THE COUNCIL OF THE MUSKETEERS
Why do you suppose that they feel that it is necessary for these men to place the bodies in a ditch?
The structure below is a turret. (This annotation contains an image)
Below, the man (a tailor) is sitting with his legs crossed (tailor-style). Does that position look familiar? (This annotation contains an image)
What is the purpose of this speech? Do you believe that it is a prudent choice for Athos to make?
For what reason is Aramis the apt character to be making a statement such as this one?
Why do you suppose that this paper is of so much value? Wouldn't it be better if it were discarded so that no one knew about its contents?
Angers is a city in western France, which is about 300 km (186 miles) from Paris. (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the option that offers the person that Aramis is speaking about.
Why does it matter that the men have been in the bastian for an hour and a half?
During that time in history, this accuracy/range of muskets was about 100-150 yards.
Where else have you noticed this item mentioned? The cardinal's embroidering of this symbol on the napkin is a symbol for royalty. It is not until it is branded on someone that it takes on a negative connotation.
What purpose will the money from this ring serve?
Chapter 48 - A FAMILY AFFAIR
Based on the description of each lackey's virtues, which one would be best at keeping the Musketeers' secret plan?
The breaking wheel was used as a torture device. It was used into the 19th century in Germany. (This annotation contains an image)
Why would this woman's shoulder give away her history?
The map below shows the location of Chatellerault, which is a commune of France. Are there any other locations that look familiar, since they were referenced in the novel? (This annotation contains an image)
What is your initial reaction to the highlighted statements? Do you think that d'Artagnan should be risking himself (and his lackey), in order to deliver this message?
Keep in mind the way that all of the men in this novel treat their lackeys. A display such as this one would in fact be very out of character and odd for d'Artagnan to take part in and for others to witness.
The highlighted text includes personification. Choose the option below that explains why this type of figurative language is used.
Chapter 49 - FATALITY
In what way(s) does Milady compare to Judith? Provide at least two ways that she compares to this biblical character.
The Book of Judith is a book included in the Bible. One aspect of the chief character, Judith, is that she is able to easily woo men. In an article by Robin Gallaher Branch, Judith is described as having the ability to "merely [smile] and men collapse (Judith 10:7, 14, 19, 23). Wisely appealing to their senses of sight and smell, she mesmerizes them. Her weapons of warfare are sensual and material. She dresses carefully, knowing the success of her ruse and assassination plan depend upon her ability to entice." (This annotation contains an image)
A jetty is a structure, like the one below, that connects to the land and juts out from the land into the water. In fact, the term 'jetty' derived from the French word jetée, which means "thrown." (This annotation contains an image)
At this point in the chapter, the setting description has shifted. What mood has been created by this description?
Below is a silver whistle that a boatswain would use on a ship. (This annotation contains an image)
In what way is this man's bow ironic?
Chapter 50 - CHAT BETWEEN BROTHER AND SISTER
The Channel that Milady speaks of is the English Channel. The picture below illustrates this body of water. (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the word that best describes the relationship between Milady and Lord de Winter, as it is presented by the narrator.
The distance between Portsmouth and London is about 75 miles. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the information presented in this chapter, as well as the paragraph above, for what type of crime does Lord de Winter choose to imprison Milady?
Chapter 51 - OFFICER
The highlighted text contains an instance of Richelieu patting himself on the back. What important fact is he not privy to, which would quell his optimism a bit?
It has not happened much throughout this novel, but this instance includes a description that serves to degrade the cardinal a bit. Why do you think that the author has chosen to do this?
This novel creates and explores the differences in classes among the characters. How important are the lines between the classes? In what ways/events are these lines blurred?
Would it truly matter if the Musketeers' lackeys were not present? Do you think that the Musketeers could take on the cardinalists easily?
Did you notice that the narrator has just detracted from the narration of the novel and began, like many other times, to speak directly to the reader. Even further, the narrator is referring, in the highlighted text, to the period in time in which the novel was written, as opposed to the time period in which the novel is set. In fact, the narrator is discussing the fact that Bordeaux wine was not as popular during the 1600's (since it was just taking off) as it was during the 1800's.
For what reason is Grimaud being forced to eat the letter?
Chapter 52 - CAPTIVITY: THE FIRST DAY
It's interesting to note the fact that Milady has admitted that she is "in the power of men." When in this novel has this woman admitted that a man has the ability to hold power over her?
Provide a brief summary of Milady's latest plan, adding any inferences that you can create from the knowledge that you have of her character.
Chapter 53 - CAPTIVITY: THE SECOND DAY
The Puritans were a group of English Protestants who fled England due to religious persecution. With that in mind, is Milady making a fair comparison between herself and this group of people? (This annotation contains an image)
You may have noticed that using the Define feature renders no definition for 'apostasy,' so you need to use context clues to understand Lord de Winter's use of this word. Choose the option that offers the best use of this word.
Chapter 54 - CAPTIVITY: THE THIRD DAY
The celestial alphabet was created during the 16th century by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. He believed that this alphabet, which takes many characteristics from Hebrew and Greek alphabets, would help people on Earth communicate with angels. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Milady's plan? How does she plan to turn the tables on her brother-in-law? Do you think that she will succeed? Why or why not?
The Catholic Church believes and preaches that during the last judgement, Christ will come, and all the angels with him, and each person who has ever lived will be judged fairly. Believers in Christ will go to heaven and experience everlasting bliss, and those who reject Christ will go for eternity to hell and experience everlasting pain. With that in mind, what point is the narrator attempting to make, with relation to Milady and her smile?
What crime is Milady alluding to, which would make Felton blush?
Why might Milady refrain from divulging the name of her current husband? Who is her current husband?
What does this point prove to Milady?
Chapter 55 - CAPTIVITY: THE FOURTH DAY
In the highlighted text, Milady is being compared to a sort of ghost. What references are made to God and the faith linked to him in order to create this comparison? What effect do these comparisons have on the event that is transpiring?
Many people believe that Belial is another name for Satan. Others, however, believe that this name was given to the demon of impurity. If this word is used in a common form, it simply means 'worthless' or 'wicked.'
Within the highlighted text, Milady is contrasting the Musketeers with Felton. She says that Felton loves a woman during prayer, while the Musketeers love women by showing their carnal affections.
Choose the word that summarizes Milady's motive in making these statements.
Chapter 56 - CAPTIVITY: THE FIFTH DAY
Choose the option that offers the best summary of the highlighted text.
The highlighted text contains personification. How does the use of this device help to add tension to the scene? (This annotation contains an image)
What inference is Milady's story forcing the reader to make?
Have you ever heard a prison referred to as splendid? It's doubtful. For this reason, the highlighted text uses an oxymoron to help Milady to make her point. Watch the video below for a more detailed explanation of oxymorons. (This annotation contains a link)
Do you find it odd that Felton is listening so intently to Milady's story, like a young child listen's to his mother read a story? What does this say about Felton's allegiance?
What irony lies in the speaking of these words?
What reason would Milady choose to throw out information that alludes to the fact that she is a Puritan (which she is not)?
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Lucretia was a "legendary heroine of ancient Rome. According to tradition, she was the beautiful and virtuous wife of the nobleman Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus... [S]he was raped by Sextus Tarquinius, son of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the tyrannical Etruscan king of Rome. After exacting an oath of vengeance against the Tarquins from her father and her husband, she stabbed herself to death. Lucius Junius Brutus then led the enraged populace in a rebellion that drove the Tarquins from Rome." (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 57 - MEANS FOR CLASSICAL TRAGEDY
The image below includes a few cambric corset covers. (This annotation contains an image)
What element of Milady's story has sent Felton over the edge and onto her side?
You may recall the story of Lucretia. How does this event in the novel mimic the events in the ancient Roman tale of Lucretia?
Many corsets have a steel busk on their insides, where each side meets the other and the clasps are attached, in order to keep this female garment closed. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 58 - ESCAPE
Why might the author choose to use such a distasteful phrase? Even further, what point is being made by directing it at a female?
What two literary devices are utilized in the highlighted text?
In what ways has Felton become an asset to Milady?
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, "Judas Maccabeus, also called Judah Maccabee, ... [was a] Jewish guerrilla leader who defended his country from invasion by the Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes, preventing the imposition of Hellenism upon Judaea, and preserving the Jewish religion." Does Felton really compare to this ancient hero? (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 59 - WHAT TOOK PLACE AT PORTSMOUTH
There are many characters in this novel that are written to represent real-life people in history (d'Artagnan, the Duke of Buckingham, Cardinal Richelieu, the King and Queen of France, etc.). Why do you suppose that Milady (Charlotte Backson) is a truly fictionalized character?
What is the purpose of the highlighted statement?
Tyburn was a village in Middlesex where many executions were carried out. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text contains hyperbole (extreme exaggeration). Do you truly believe that the baron will never recover from this situation?
Why is the duke so eager to hear the words written by this woman?
Chapter 60 - IN FRANCE
What is the effect of including such a true and gruesome historical event in this novel? Do you believe that Dumas' embellishment of this event is well done, or do you wish that this historical event were written more true to form?
Did you know that the death of the Duke of Buckingham, at the hands of Felton, is a true historical event? John Felton was in fact a lieutenant in the English army. On August 23, 1628, he stabbed George Villiers to death in the Greyhound Pub, in Portsmouth. His motive for carrying out such a crime was due to the fact that he thought that this act would help to bring retribution for the treachery that he was said to have committed while governing England as the Duke of Buckingham. (This annotation contains an image)
Armentieres is a city that is just north of Paris. Why do you think that Porthos does not know of it, since it is so close to a city that they are so familiar with? (This annotation contains an image)
Who is the only woman in this novel whose words (or word for that matter) would render such a reaction? Who is the author of this letter?
Chapter 61 - THE CARMELITE CONVENT AT BETHUNE
Provide a breakdown of the highlighted statement made by Milady. What does she mean by it? She rarely speaks of love, so do you think that she truly believes it?
You may remember that Milady is attesting to being a Catholic, yet she just, a few days ago, told Felton that she was a Puritan. Why does she does this?
Why might the narrator choose to call Constance "the novice," as opposed to calling her by name?
What do you suppose a statement of this nature will do to the psyche of Milady?
Constance told Milady that she is beautiful, much like Milady has done to Constance. The only difference is that Milady's contain verbal irony.
Why has the narrator switched and started referring to Milady by her given name, as opposed to "the novice"?
Chapter 62 - TWO VARIETIES OF DEMONS
Boulogne is north of Paris and a short boat ride away from Great Britain (England). (This annotation contains an image)
Explain the verbal irony present within this statement.
You may notice that many of the rivers that flow through France also cross into Belgium. The northern-most river (which flows from France to Belgium) on the map is the Leie River or Lys. (This annotation contains an image)
Where will her crossing of the river take her?
A Chevalier is a knight. Knights are used in tarot cards. In French suited tarot decks, the knight falls between the knave and the queen. In this novel, does that ring true? Who's the knave and who's the queen? (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 63 - THE DROP OF WATER
Of the tale that Milady tells in the highlighted text, which part is true?
Carriages during the time that the novel is set looked much like the one below. (This annotation contains an image)
What distinction between these two women is presented, based on the highlighted text?
What portion of the plot diagram does this event fall?
According to the Illinois Poison Center, "Even though there are countless thousands of different toxins in existence, the number of antidotes known to medicine is under 50." Does that surprise you at all?
Chapter 64 - THE MAN IN THE RED CLOAK
Do you find it interesting to think about the amount of trust the Musketeers (and d'Artagnan) have for their lackeys?
Based on the dialogue between the stranger and Athos, what can be inferred about the house that he inquires about?
Chapter 65 - TRIAL
Often times, the description of a text's setting sets the mood for the plot. what is the current mood?
Festubert is a commune in northern France. It is about five miles east of Bethune. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text includes an idiom. Locate the idiom and provide its literal and figurative meaning.
According to these men's accounts, Milady has been a part of the killing of five men. Back then, it was rare for a woman to be a part of a murder, let alone five!
Chapter 66 - EXECUTION
What is the significance of this offer?
What irony lies in the highlighted statements made by these people?
A large portion of this novel centers around the judgement of others. Now, you need to make a judgment call of your own. In your opinion, which big idea is most important in this novel?Life, love, honor, or loyalty?
Chapter 67 - CONCLUSION
Nowadays, how fast would news of this nature spread? Why did it spread so slowly during that period in history?
Surgeres is a commune in southeatern France. (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the option that is NOT a crime that the man from Meung has accused d'Artagnan of committing.
Using the Define feature, learn the definition of this word. You may notice that this word has multiple meanings. Which one is most relevant in this instance?
Describe the importance of this choice and offer made by d'Artagnan. What does this decision reveal about this character?