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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 does Joan raise after being given control of the military?
2. In Scene 3, what proves that Joan's power has risen significantly?
3. At which landmark is the French army located in the beginning of Scene 3?
4. In Scene 3, what has Joan gained access to that is considered evidence of her reputation?
5. In Scene 2, who tries to trick Joan into thinking he is the Dauphin?
Short Essay Questions
1. What news does Gilles de Rais bring to the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille in Scene 2?
2. What is Joan's response to the church officials' threats of torture if she doesn't sign the paper admitting heresy in Scene 6?
3. In Scene 2, after the Dauphin dismisses his advisers from the room and consults with Joan alone, what major decision does he make?
4. What is the setting for the play, and what is the location for the opening of the play?
5. 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?
6. 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?
7. What do each of Joan's colleagues say about her plan to liberate Paris?
8. Why doesn't the Dauphin hold any real power in Scene 2?
9. 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?
10. What happens to the Dauphin at the beginning of Scene 5, and who is responsible for it?
Essay Topic 1
In the beginning of the play, the Dauphin is an ineffectual, weak leader. France is in the hands of the men who financially support the Dauphin, and the Dauphin is simply a puppet. Joan's mission includes restoring France to its people and freeing her from the English. An integral part of that plan is to employ a strong, effectual leader. How does Joan give the Dauphin the confidence he needs to become king? How does she restore his faith in his life's mission and his ability to rule France? Does this plan include the Dauphin's support staff? How does Joan win them over as well?
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
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?
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