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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. To whom does the Dauphin owe a financial debt?

2. In Scene 2, what is the second achievement that Joan tells the Dauphin he will attain?

3. In Scene 2, what does Joan raise after being given control of the military?

4. Whose nickname is "Bluebeard"?

5. In Scene 2, what is the first achievement Joan tells the Dauphin he will attain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joan ask Robert for in Scene 1, and why?

2. Joan is now in command with the leaders of the French army. This newly acquired access to leaders is evidence of what?

3. How do the men responsible for Joan's trial and execution react to the news that she has been canonized?

4. In Scene 4, another man joins the conversation between the nobleman and the chaplain. Who is he and what are his beliefs about and intentions for Joan?

5. In Scene 2, what does Gilles de Rais tell the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille about Joan?

6. Who joins the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille to wait for the Dauphin's arrival in Scene 2? What is this man's nickname and why is that what he is called?

7. In Scene 1, Robert believes that Joan can have a positive effect on the troops. Why does Robert believe this, and what effect does he hope Joan will have?

8. How does Joan react to the powerful men kneeling at her feet in the king's dream?

9. How does Joan react to the advice given by her colleagues in Scene 5?

10. In Scene 6, what are the church officials willing to do if Joan will not recant her sins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Catholic church is well represented in this play, including the Archbishop of Rheims and various bishops, clergymen, and officials. Given the skepticism these men show when exposed to Joan's mission/cause, would it be fair to say that these men weren't strong in their faith? Though the Archbishop of Rheims comes to respect and believe in Joan, why wouldn't he give her the benefit of the doubt from the beginning?

Essay Topic 2

An important part of Joan's leadership ability and faith is confidence. Joan radiates confidence borne of divine providence, and her faith is steadfast. Why is Joan so supremely confident in her mission? What makes her so confident? Do you think the supernatural events occurring during her presence increase that confidence? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Joan's power over the most important men in France leads to fear that her individualism might undermine the stability of the feudal structure. Describe the various intricacies of the feudal system and elaborate on what Joan's actions, while appearing fairly insignificant, might do to affect the entire structure. If the feudal system did collapse, what would the ramifications be to each level of the system? What would the pros and cons be of just such a synergistic system being the core of a country's economy and political/social structure?

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