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 Topic 1
The Dauphin is finally crowned as King of France at the cathedral at Rheims. What events lead to his coronation? In the beginning of the play, does his coronation look like an even remote possibility? Why or why not? Does it appear that the king now has France and its citizens under his control? Why or why not? Do you think the king's advisers now respect him rather than looking at him as a puppet for their own political gain? Why or why not? What is Joan's role in all of this? Is she an integral piece of the puzzle in the events leading up to the coronation? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
In the beginning of the play, the Dauphin is an ineffectual, weak leader. France is in the hands of the men who financially support the Dauphin, and the Dauphin is simply a puppet. Joan's mission includes restoring France to its people and freeing her from the English. An integral part of that plan is to employ a strong, effectual leader. How does Joan give the Dauphin the confidence he needs to become king? How does she restore his faith in his life's mission and his ability to rule France? Does this plan include the Dauphin's support staff? How does Joan win them over as well?
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