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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 lives in the castle mentioned in Scene 1?

2. How do the high-ranking officials feel after the Dauphin tells them his decision after speaking with Joan in Scene 2?

3. In Scene 3, how do the men in battle feel about Joan?

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

5. In Scene 1, who is the Maid who is waiting at the door of the castle?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Epilogue, what does King Charles find out about Joan and how long is it after Joan's execution?

2. How do the new king and his advisers feel about Joan and her desire to continue in battle after her success at Orleans?

3. 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?

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

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

6. Robert de Baudricourt is upset because there are no eggs for his breakfast. What does the steward tell Robert is the reason for the lack of eggs?

7. What is the subject of the dream which awakens the king in the Epilogue?

8. In Scene 3, the attitude toward Joan and her supposed powers is variable. How do the men in the castles feel about Joan? How do the men in the trenches with Joan feel about her?

9. In Scene 3, Joan agrees to accompany Dunois to what location and for what reason?

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

Describe Joan's eleven week trial. Do you think the trial was fair? Why or why not? Do you think Joan's superior attitude had anything to do with the way the church officials went about their questioning? Why or why not? Do you think Joan's imprisonment in a men's prison was an attempt to break her spirit? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The Hundred Years' War lasted 116 years and was really a number of wars between England and France between 1337 and 1453. The Battle of Orleans was pivotal in turning the tide in favor of the French forces. Joan and the French army would go on to win a series of skirmishes and battles against the English and pave the way for the coronation of the Dauphin as King Charles VII. How are the events that take place in Scene 3 when Joan, Dunois, and the French army are stalled at the Loire River symbolic of these events?

Essay Topic 3

What is the triggering event for Joan to believe that God has called her for a mission? Is her reaction typical for that time? Do you think if Joan had lived during a different era, her reaction to hearing voices might have been different? What about religion in the Middle Ages would lead a person hearing voices to believe they are hearing the voice of a saint? Joan's convictions are strong and her faith is unshakable. Do you think blind faith was more prevalent and stronger in the Middle Ages than it is today?

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