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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, who schemes to trick Joan?

2. What is the name of the castle in which the play opens?

3. What does the French commander want his troops to attack?

4. What news does Bluebeard bring?

5. What does Joan exhibit in Scene 3 that convinces the men in battle that she is sent by God?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. Describe the end of the king's dream in the Epilogue.

7. What is the purpose of Joan's visit to the castle in the beginning of Scene 1?

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

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

10. In Scene 2, why is the Dauphin called "ineffectual"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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