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

2. In Scene1, Robert is taken in by Joan's what?

3. What does the French commander desperately need in Scene 3?

4. In Scene 2, who joins the two men awaiting the Dauphin's arrival?

5. The play opens in what year?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In Scene 5, what do Joan's colleagues tell her about in order to dissuade her from continuing war against the English?

6. In Scene 6, what are the church officials willing to do if Joan will not recant her sins?

7. What does Joan do in Scene 3 to convince the men in battle that she is authentic?

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

9. 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?

10. Would Joan's mission be complete with a victory at Orleans, or would it just whet her appetite for battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Witchcraft has been feared for millennia, throwing whole countries into panic and causing chaos throughout history. Witchcraft has also been a convenient way for those in power to rid themselves of anyone challenging that power. Such is the case with Joan. Why would the English and French noblemen and church officials fear the actions of a mere girl? What reason would they have for putting her to death? Do you think these men actually believed that Joan was a witch, or do you think witchcraft made a convenient excuse for ridding themselves of a wild card? 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

An important part of Joan's leadership ability and faith is confidence. Joan radiates confidence borne of divine providence, and her faith is steadfast. Why is Joan so supremely confident in her mission? What makes her so confident? Do you think the supernatural events occurring during her presence increase that confidence? Why or why not?

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