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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. To what location does Joan accompany the French leader in Scene 3?
2. In Scene 2, what do the men do when Joan raises her sword?
3. Who lives in the castle mentioned in Scene 1?
4. In Scene 1, what animals does the steward say are not producing?
5. In Scene 2, what does Joan ask God for?
Short Essay Questions
1. After her victory at Orleans, what are Joan's intentions outlined in Scene 5?
2. In Scene 2, after the Dauphin dismisses his advisers from the room and consults with Joan alone, what major decision does he make?
3. How do the men responsible for Joan's trial and execution react to the news that she has been canonized?
4. Is Robert's decision to help Joan in Scene 1 based on emotion or rationalization? Why?
5. What are the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille discussing while they wait for the Dauphin's arrival in Scene 2?
6. Would Joan's mission be complete with a victory at Orleans, or would it just whet her appetite for battle?
7. What is the additional charge brought against Joan in Scene 6, and what is her reaction to that charge?
8. In Scene 2, what does Gilles de Rais tell the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille about Joan?
9. In Scene 3, the attitude toward Joan and her supposed powers is variable. How do the men in the castles feel about Joan? How do the men in the trenches with Joan feel about her?
10. In Scene 4, what concerns the bishop most about Joan?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The king's dream in the Epilogue is an anachronistic dramatization intending to bring the play to a satisfactory resolution. What is the significance of the king's dream? Why would the king dream of a man from the 1920s? What does this man symbolize? Why would the men who excommunicated and executed Joan be in the dream? Why would the dream be more about these men than Joan? How does Shaw ensure that the reader is given a "happy" ending?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Joan's military leadership is an example of gender role reversal. Joan takes on a position which, especially in the Middle Ages, is one almost exclusively held by a man. What are some ways Joan adapts to better fit this role? Does her attitude become more forceful? Does her apparel change? Do you think her change in outward appearance is an attempt to make herself appear more manly, thereby making it easier for the men who make up her troops to accept her?
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