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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 leader that Joan hopes to influence in Scene 1?

2. What has happened to the French army in the beginning of Scene 3?

3. Who is the Dauphin's military adviser?

4. In Scene 2, who schemes to trick Joan?

5. In Scene 2, what is the second achievement that Joan tells the Dauphin he will attain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened to Joan in the beginning of Scene 6?

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. Scene 1 sees Robert go through several emotions. What are some of those emotions, and why does Robert experience them?

7. Why do you think the English officials were quick to label Joan a witch in Scene 4?

8. In Scene 3, what does Dunois need, and why?

9. 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?

10. What is the purpose of the author including the king's dream and its details in the Epilogue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Once the Dauphin turns control of the French army over to Joan, the high-ranking officials of his court are called into the room and informed of the decision. What happens when these men are basically commanded to follow a young girl into battle? Does this validate Joan's new authority, or do you think it is a show for the Dauphin? Why? What does Joan do after the men fall to their knees? What does this symbolize?

Essay Topic 2

In the opening scene, the reader is introduced to Joan and can see how commoners and noblemen alike view Joan and her powers. The steward has heard of Joan and is convinced her presence is why the hens have stopped laying eggs. Robert de Baudricourt thinks Joan's claims are preposterous, but he believes she will have a positive effect on the morale of the troops. How does this introduction set the tone for the way Joan is viewed throughout the play? Is this a case of foreshadowing? 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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