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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 Joan agree to do for the French commander?

2. Joan hopes to convince the leader of her country to do what in Scene 1?

3. Who is the Dauphin's head of church in Scene 2?

4. In Scene 1, what does Robert think about Joan's assertion that she hears voices?

5. Who lives in the castle mentioned in Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille discussing while they wait for the Dauphin's arrival in Scene 2?

5. Who joins the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille to wait for the Dauphin's arrival in Scene 2? What is this man's nickname and why is that what he is called?

6. After Joan identifies the true Dauphin in Scene 2, what does she tell the Dauphin, and how does he react?

7. Once Joan is given complete control of the military, the Dauphin calls his advisers back into the room. What does he tell the men and how do they react?

8. In the king's dream, who interrupts the men discussing their personal trials and for what reason does he interrupt them?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The king's dream in the Epilogue is an anachronistic dramatization intending to bring the play to a satisfactory resolution. What is the significance of the king's dream? Why would the king dream of a man from the 1920s? What does this man symbolize? Why would the men who excommunicated and executed Joan be in the dream? Why would the dream be more about these men than Joan? How does Shaw ensure that the reader is given a "happy" ending?

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