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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. What is one of the items Joan convinces Robert to give her in Scene 1?

2. In Scene 1, what animals does the steward say are not producing?

3. In Scene1, Robert is taken in by Joan's what?

4. In Scene 1, the castle is described as located on a river between which two cities?

5. To what location does Joan accompany the French leader in Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Joan react to the powerful men kneeling at her feet in the king's dream?

3. In Scene 6, what are the church officials willing to do if Joan will not recant her sins?

4. This play takes place in France in 1492. Just from reading Scene 1, what do you think the political climate was like at that time? Whose citizens were an imposition to the French people? What is Joan's position in this struggle?

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

6. What news does Gilles de Rais bring to the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille in Scene 2?

7. What is the subject of the dream which awakens the king in the Epilogue?

8. In the king's dream, who interrupts the men discussing their personal trials and for what reason does he interrupt them?

9. 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?

10. How do Joan's colleagues feel about her final decision to liberate Paris?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Once the Dauphin turns control of the French army over to Joan, the high-ranking officials of his court are called into the room and informed of the decision. What happens when these men are basically commanded to follow a young girl into battle? Does this validate Joan's new authority, or do you think it is a show for the Dauphin? Why? What does Joan do after the men fall to their knees? What does this symbolize?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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