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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 is the only power that the Dauphin has remaining in Scene 2?

2. The play opens in what year?

3. What happens after Joan leaves in Scene 1?

4. In Scene 3, what is one of the attributes Joan is given that is considered verification of her reputation?

5. How does Joan feel about meeting with the leader of her country?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As Dunois and Joan make their way toward their destination late in Scene 3, what happens?

3. What happens to the Dauphin at the beginning of Scene 5, and who is responsible for it?

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

5. How do the nobleman and the chaplain feel about Joan, and how do they feel she should be treated?

6. Why do you think the English officials were quick to label Joan a witch in Scene 4?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Twenty-five years after Joan's execution, King Charles receives interesting information about Joan. What is that information? What is the significance of this information? Has Joan been vindicated through martyrdom, or does she simply appear to be an innocent victim of political posturing? Why? Why do you think a second trial was held? Do you think the king feels any guilt for what happened to Joan, and if he does, do you think this information sets his mind at ease? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The Dauphin is finally crowned as King of France at the cathedral at Rheims. What events lead to his coronation? In the beginning of the play, does his coronation look like an even remote possibility? Why or why not? Does it appear that the king now has France and its citizens under his control? Why or why not? Do you think the king's advisers now respect him rather than looking at him as a puppet for their own political gain? Why or why not? What is Joan's role in all of this? Is she an integral piece of the puzzle in the events leading up to the coronation? Why or why not?

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