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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. Who is the Dauphin's military adviser?

2. The play opens in what year?

3. What is the third thing that Robert gives Joan in Scene 1?

4. In Scene 2, what does the Dauphin bestow upon Joan?

5. In Scene 3, what happens right after Joan prays?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Scene 2, after the Dauphin dismisses his advisers from the room and consults with Joan alone, what major decision does he make?

2. What is the purpose of the author including the king's dream and its details in the Epilogue?

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

4. What is the additional charge brought against Joan in Scene 6, and what is her reaction to that charge?

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

6. In Scene 2, why is the Dauphin called "ineffectual"?

7. Joan leaves the castle with the armor, horse and men. She is content with this mini victory. Though Robert has doubts that her mission is sent from God, what happens to change his mind?

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

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

10. Explain what happens to the men in the king's dream who participated in the trial and execution of Joan of Arc.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Once the Dauphin turns control of the French army over to Joan, the high-ranking officials of his court are called into the room and informed of the decision. What happens when these men are basically commanded to follow a young girl into battle? Does this validate Joan's new authority, or do you think it is a show for the Dauphin? Why? What does Joan do after the men fall to their knees? What does this symbolize?

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 is excommunicated from the church and burned at the stake. Her death is horrible and cruel. Do the men responsible for her execution feel any remorse? Why or why not? How do you know? What events occur to reinforce the way they feel? What do these events symbolize?

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