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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. Where is the French army located in the beginning of Scene 3?

2. In Scene 1, whose voices does Joan claim to hear?

3. What is the French army unable to do in the beginning of Scene 3?

4. What country is the setting for this play?

5. In Scene 3, what has Joan gained access to that is considered evidence of her reputation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the new king and his advisers feel about Joan and her desire to continue in battle after her success at Orleans?

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

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

4. What is the additional charge brought against Joan in Scene 6, and what is her reaction to that charge?

5. Is the fact that Joan is a woman an asset or liability to her cause?

6. Is Robert's decision to help Joan in Scene 1 based on emotion or rationalization? Why?

7. In Scene 1, what makes Joan think she is doing God's work? What does Robert think of her assertions?

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

9. In the Epilogue, what does King Charles find out about Joan and how long is it after Joan's execution?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joan is excommunicated from the church and burned at the stake. Her death is horrible and cruel. Do the men responsible for her execution feel any remorse? Why or why not? How do you know? What events occur to reinforce the way they feel? What do these events symbolize?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Joan's eleven week trial. Do you think the trial was fair? Why or why not? Do you think Joan's superior attitude had anything to do with the way the church officials went about their questioning? Why or why not? Do you think Joan's imprisonment in a men's prison was an attempt to break her spirit? Why or why not?

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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