Pope Joan Test | Final Test - Hard

Donna Cross
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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. How do Joan's actions impede the power of the Pope's missus?

2. What disaster befalls the people of Fulda?

3. What happens to another fleet of Saracen ships come to invade Rome?

4. Who attempts to poison Pope Leo in order to clear the way for the election of a new pope?

5. What practice does Joan institute in the churches of Fulda that causes her to be punished for disobedience?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joan prove Gerold innocent during his trial for treason?

2. How does Pope Leo die? Who is elected to take his place?

3. What causes Joan's death?

4. What does Joan implement in order to help slow the spread of the plague during Church services?

5. How do Gerold and Joan become stranded together in a boat?

6. What miracle does Joan create in order to stop the fighting between Pope Sergius and Lothar?

7. Who does Gerold support in the battle between the dead Emperor's three sons?

8. Who begins to plot against Pope Joan because of her ideas?

9. Who arrests Benedict? What punishment does he suffer?

10. Why does Pope Leo excommunicate Anastasius?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss these characters' relationships to one another and the impact of these relationships on other characters and the development of the plot. Use theme, symbolism, and metaphor in your discussion. Cite examples from the novel.

1. Joan and John

2. The Canon of Ingleheim and Gudrun

3. Matthew and Joan.

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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