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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. How does the Dauphin feel about Joan's convictions in Scene 2?

2. What is the purpose of Joan's request to the leader of her country in Scene 1?

3. In Scene 3, what is the goal of the French army?

4. In Scene 2, what do the men do when Joan raises her sword?

5. What is one of the items Joan convinces Robert to give her in Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Scene 5, why doesn't Joan want to return home after her success at Orleans?

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

3. What news does Gilles de Rais bring to the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille in Scene 2?

4. In Scene 4, Joan's alignment as an individual with the French king poses a threat to what system, and why?

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

6. How do the church officials in Joan's trial respond to her reply to the additional charges brought against her?

7. Describe the end of the king's dream in the Epilogue.

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

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

10. In Scene 2, what do the Archbishop of Rheims, Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille, Gilles de Rais, and the Dauphin do to try and trick Joan, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the opening scene, the reader is introduced to Joan and can see how commoners and noblemen alike view Joan and her powers. The steward has heard of Joan and is convinced her presence is why the hens have stopped laying eggs. Robert de Baudricourt thinks Joan's claims are preposterous, but he believes she will have a positive effect on the morale of the troops. How does this introduction set the tone for the way Joan is viewed throughout the play? Is this a case of foreshadowing? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

"Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue" is a very short play considering the intricacies involved in telling the story of Joan of Arc. Shaw obviously had to distill his information to make the play interesting and still stay true to Joan's life. Give examples of what you think the author declined to include that might have made the story more interesting, exciting, in-depth, etc. and why. Do you think Joan of Arc's life deserves a longer play, or do you think Shaw does an effective job with his format? Why?

Essay Topic 3

An ongoing theme throughout the play is feminism. Joan's role as a woman in Medieval France would rarely, if ever, have her participating in battle, let alone leading the troops. Do you think that Joan's supernatural powers and visions were a necessary component of her mission for her to be accepted and installed as a military leader? Or, do you think she would have been given the same respect as just a woman? Why? Joan obviously has no problem approaching high powered men. How does this add to the feminist theme?

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