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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 does the Dauphin tell the high-ranking officials when they return to the room in Scene 2?

2. In Scene 1, what city does Joan hope will be the location for the siege?

3. In Scene 2, what does Joan ask God for?

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

5. The hens' recovery at the end of Scene 1 proves what to Robert?

Short Essay Questions

1. Scene 1 sees Robert go through several emotions. What are some of those emotions, and why does Robert experience them?

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

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

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

5. After her victory at Orleans, what are Joan's intentions outlined in Scene 5?

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

7. In Scene 1, what makes Joan think she is doing God's work? What does Robert think of her assertions?

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

9. In Scene 4, what concerns the bishop most about Joan?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Joan's military leadership is an example of gender role reversal. Joan takes on a position which, especially in the Middle Ages, is one almost exclusively held by a man. What are some ways Joan adapts to better fit this role? Does her attitude become more forceful? Does her apparel change? Do you think her change in outward appearance is an attempt to make herself appear more manly, thereby making it easier for the men who make up her troops to accept her?

Essay Topic 3

Joan of Arc was not only a warrior but a woman who received messages from God. According to historical documentation, Joan is also attributed with working miracles, and it was thought that these miracles were the pivotal factor in the French army's victories over the English. What are some of the examples given in the script of Joan's miracles? What end was accomplished by these miracles? Could any of these miracles be attributed to something else? Why or why not? If so, what else could they be attributed to? Why are the miracles so important to the validity of Joan as a saint? Do you think she would have been canonized without working miracles, or would she have simply been thought of as an inspirational soldier for God? Why?

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