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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, what is the second achievement that Joan tells the Dauphin he will attain?

2. To whom does Joan make a request after the Dauphin gives her military control?

3. In Scene 2, Joan receives scorn for what?

4. In Scene 1, what city does Joan hope will be the location for the siege?

5. In Scene 2, who is waiting for the arrival of the Dauphin?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Scene 4, Joan's alignment as an individual with the French king poses a threat to what system, and why?

2. In Scene 2, what do the Archbishop of Rheims, Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille, Gilles de Rais, and the Dauphin do to try and trick Joan, and why?

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

4. Why do you think the English officials were quick to label Joan a witch in Scene 4?

5. What do each of Joan's colleagues say about her plan to liberate Paris?

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

7. In Scene 4, what concerns the bishop most about Joan?

8. Joan leaves the castle with the armor, horse and men. She is content with this mini victory. Though Robert has doubts that her mission is sent from God, what happens to change his mind?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The supernatural is a strong theme in "Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue." How was the supernatural viewed in the Middle Ages? Why is Joan's military prowess and charisma turned into something supernatural rather than attributing it to talent and personality? Why would Joan's supernatural powers be seen as a threat to those in authority and a miracle to those in need?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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