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

2. The play opens in what year?

3. Who is incredulous and angry at his steward in Scene 1?

4. What is the second item that Robert gives to Joan in Scene 1?

5. What is distressing the commander of the French army in the beginning of Scene 3?

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. This play takes place in France in 1492. Just from reading Scene 1, what do you think the political climate was like at that time? Whose citizens were an imposition to the French people? What is Joan's position in this struggle?

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

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

6. In Scene 4, two men in an English army camp are having a discussion. Who are the men, and what are they discussing?

7. What is Joan anxious to do in Scene 3? Who stops her, and why?

8. What is Joan's first reaction to the church officials' demands for her to recant at her trial?

9. In Scene 4, Joan's alignment as an individual with the French king poses a threat to what system, and why?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An ongoing theme throughout the play is feminism. Joan's role as a woman in Medieval France would rarely, if ever, have her participating in battle, let alone leading the troops. Do you think that Joan's supernatural powers and visions were a necessary component of her mission for her to be accepted and installed as a military leader? Or, do you think she would have been given the same respect as just a woman? Why? Joan obviously has no problem approaching high powered men. How does this add to the feminist theme?

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 Catholic church is well represented in this play, including the Archbishop of Rheims and various bishops, clergymen, and officials. Given the skepticism these men show when exposed to Joan's mission/cause, would it be fair to say that these men weren't strong in their faith? Though the Archbishop of Rheims comes to respect and believe in Joan, why wouldn't he give her the benefit of the doubt from the beginning?

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