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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 1, the castle is described as located on a river between which two cities?

2. What does the French commander do to Joan in Scene 3?

3. What is the cause of the lack of eggs for Robert's breakfast in Scene 1?

4. Who is the Dauphin's military adviser?

5. In Scene 2, what subject is being discussed by the Archbishop and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Joan ask Robert for in Scene 1, and why?

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

4. What is the setting for the play, and what is the location for the opening of the play?

5. How do the nobleman and the chaplain feel about Joan, and how do they feel she should be treated?

6. 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?

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

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

9. In Scene 1, Robert believes that Joan can have a positive effect on the troops. Why does Robert believe this, and what effect does he hope Joan will have?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Twenty-five years after Joan's execution, King Charles receives interesting information about Joan. What is that information? What is the significance of this information? Has Joan been vindicated through martyrdom, or does she simply appear to be an innocent victim of political posturing? Why? Why do you think a second trial was held? Do you think the king feels any guilt for what happened to Joan, and if he does, do you think this information sets his mind at ease? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Joan's power over the most important men in France leads to fear that her individualism might undermine the stability of the feudal structure. Describe the various intricacies of the feudal system and elaborate on what Joan's actions, while appearing fairly insignificant, might do to affect the entire structure. If the feudal system did collapse, what would the ramifications be to each level of the system? What would the pros and cons be of just such a synergistic system being the core of a country's economy and political/social structure?

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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