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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
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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