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 punishment does Benedict receive for his crime?

2. About what people is Anastasius writing a book dealing with their history?

3. What crime is Benedict accused of committing?

4. What does Joan do to treat the Pope's illness in Chapter 20?

5. What warning does a messenger bring the Pope on the Day of Ascension?

Short Essay Questions

1. What truth does Joan learn when she sees Gerold again? How does Joan react to Gerold's request to run away?

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

3. Who is referred to as 'Little Pope' under Pope Leo? Why?

4. Who is working behind the new Pope, Pope Sergius, in order to increase his own power?

5. Why does Pope Leo excommunicate Anastasius?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the historical implications of this novel. What evidence does the author give that her novel is based on fact? What does history say about the possibility of a female Pope? Does the author make a good argument for the historical fact of her story? Explain. Why does history say it is unlikely a woman was ever Pope? Would it have been possible for a woman to live as a man? Are there other examples of women who pretended to be men in history? Name a few. Compare and contrast Pope Joan with another famous woman who lived as a man.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following in detail, discussing theme, symbolism, metaphor, or other literary techniques related to these situations. Cite examples from the novel.

1. Gudrun's Saxon beliefs and her desire to teach them to her daughter.

2. Joan's defiance in refusing to scrape the words from her book to appease her father.

3. Gudrun's warning that women should not place themselves in a position to rely on men and how it affects Joan's decisions as the plot develops.

Essay Topic 3

Why is Hrotrud forced to drown? What does this punishment say about religious beliefs in this time period? Why does Joan feel this punishment is illogical? Is Joan right? Why is Joan excited by the idea of applying logic to religion? Why has no one else ever attempted to apply logic to religion? Is it heretical to apply logic to religion? Is Joan religious? Does Joan believe in the Catholic Church? How does the reader come to understand Joan's feelings about her religion?

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