Pope Joan Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 do the Saracens take from the basilica?

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

3. What courtesan does Joan see during the procession to whom she offers forgiveness for her role in a plot against Joan?

4. What penance does Joan offer the Pope after he confesses his sins?

5. To whom does Joan overhear Anastasius pledge loyalty?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who starts the fire that burns the new wall Pope Leo is building and destroys several other buildings, including the school? Why?

3. Why does Benedict abandon his brother and leave Rome?

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

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

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

7. Why does Joan finally agree to run away with Gerold?

8. What does Joan encourage Pope Sergius to do that makes Benedict unhappy?

9. What causes Joan's death?

10. What project does Joan immediately give to Gerold to oversee as she becomes Pope?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Joan's attempts to heal and prevent spread of disease during her time at the monastery. How does Joan heal a woman thought to have leprosy? What is the woman's true illness? How does Joan heal this illness? What reaction does Joan get from the other monks when the woman is healed? How does Joan attempt to slow the progression of the plague during mass? Does this stop the spread? Do other priests adopt this same practice? How do church officials reward Joan for these actions?

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