Saint Joan Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the purpose of Joan's visit to the castle in the beginning of Scene 1?

Joan is visiting the military officer Robert de Baudricourt. She is trying to convince Robert to provide her armor, a horse and a few of his best men.

2. What is the setting for the play, and what is the location for the opening of the play?

The play is set in France in 1429. The play opens in a French castle, Vaucouleurs, which is located on a river between the French cities of Lorraine and Champagne.

3. Robert de Baudricourt is upset because there are no eggs for his breakfast. What does the steward tell Robert is the reason for the lack of eggs?

The steward tells Robert that the hens have stopped laying eggs. The reason the hens are not laying eggs is due to the presence of Maid Joan who is waiting at the door of the castle to speak with Robert.

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