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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. What is the only way for Hrotrud to prove her innocence?

2. What does Joan plan to do to avoid getting married?

3. What does Gerold find when he goes to the chapel in Villairis?

4. What job is Gerold assigned to do while away from his family?

5. Who finds the survivor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes the death of the servant Bertha on the walk to the fair?

2. What does Anastasius witness as he waits to visit his Uncle Theodorus?

3. How does Joan survive? How does she plan to continue to survive?

4. Who is the only person who knows Joan is a woman and how did he come to know this?

5. Who is blamed for Matthew's death? Why?

6. What event causes Joan to defy the church's policy against women and makes her happy to be living as a man?

7. Who arranges a marriage for Joan? Who does Joan believe is behind this arranged marriage?

8. Where does Gerold believe Joan is after he fails to find her body among those murdered at the church?

9. What does Joan notice at the home of the Bishop that she finds unusual?

10. Who catches Gerold and Joan in an embrace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Joan's childhood, paying special attention to the things that affected her choices in young adulthood. Who is Joan? Who was her father? Who was her mother? What was the relationship like between Joan's parents? What impact did this relationship have Joan's emotional growth as a child? How did Joan's father treat her? Why? How was Joan's relationship with her mother? What was unusual about this relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Why did Joan cut her hair and take her brother's cloak after the massacre on her wedding day? Where does Joan go? Why? What education does Joan receive in this new place? How does this situation place Joan in trouble? What might happen if Joan were discovered? Who eventually does discover the truth? What does this person do? Who else knows the truth about Joan? Why does no one ever learn the truth about Joan? How likely is it that a woman could live in this way for so many years and deceive so many people? How does the author explain this deceit to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Joan's relationship with Gerold. How does Gerold feel about Joan? Would Gerold marry Joan even though she pretends to be a man? Why does Joan repeatedly refuse to run away with Gerold? Whose advice causes Joan to hesitate to be reliant on a man? Are Joan and Gerold lovers? When do they become lovers? How does this relationship threaten Joan's future as Pope? How does this romance ultimately lead to Joan's death and the revelation she is female?

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