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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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Joan's one moment of weakness comes during her trial when she is faced with the possibility of torture and death. How does Joan respond to this threat? What does she do in an attempt to avoid torture and death? Do you think she is under the impression that this act will buy her freedom? Why or why not? What does she do when she finds out that she is still bound for life imprisonment? Do you think she understands the repercussions of this act? Why or why not?

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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