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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. The play opens in what year?

2. In Scene 2, what example is given of Joan's spiritual fortitude?

3. What is Joan traveling to do in Scene 2?

4. What is Robert's profession?

5. What is the name of the city where the men are waiting for the Dauphin in Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain what happens to the men in the king's dream who participated in the trial and execution of Joan of Arc.

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

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

8. How do the church officials in Joan's trial respond to her reply to the additional charges brought against her?

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

10. Why doesn't the Dauphin hold any real power in Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An important part of Joan's leadership ability and faith is confidence. Joan radiates confidence borne of divine providence, and her faith is steadfast. Why is Joan so supremely confident in her mission? What makes her so confident? Do you think the supernatural events occurring during her presence increase that confidence? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What is the triggering event for Joan to believe that God has called her for a mission? Is her reaction typical for that time? Do you think if Joan had lived during a different era, her reaction to hearing voices might have been different? What about religion in the Middle Ages would lead a person hearing voices to believe they are hearing the voice of a saint? Joan's convictions are strong and her faith is unshakable. Do you think blind faith was more prevalent and stronger in the Middle Ages than it is today?

Essay Topic 3

Joan of Arc was not only a warrior but a woman who received messages from God. According to historical documentation, Joan is also attributed with working miracles, and it was thought that these miracles were the pivotal factor in the French army's victories over the English. What are some of the examples given in the script of Joan's miracles? What end was accomplished by these miracles? Could any of these miracles be attributed to something else? Why or why not? If so, what else could they be attributed to? Why are the miracles so important to the validity of Joan as a saint? Do you think she would have been canonized without working miracles, or would she have simply been thought of as an inspirational soldier for God? Why?

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