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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 ask God for?

2. Who informs Robert of the hens' recovery in Scene 1?

3. How does the Dauphin feel about Joan's convictions in Scene 2?

4. What is the third thing that Robert gives Joan in Scene 1?

5. In Scene 1, what does Robert hope Joan will do for the troops?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Joan's response to the church officials' threats of torture if she doesn't sign the paper admitting heresy in Scene 6?

5. 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?

6. What are the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille discussing while they wait for the Dauphin's arrival in Scene 2?

7. The church officials holding Joan's trial believe it is their duty to do what?

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

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

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 supernatural is a strong theme in "Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue." How was the supernatural viewed in the Middle Ages? Why is Joan's military prowess and charisma turned into something supernatural rather than attributing it to talent and personality? Why would Joan's supernatural powers be seen as a threat to those in authority and a miracle to those in need?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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