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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. How does Joan feel about meeting with the leader of her country?
2. What is Robert's profession?
3. What does the French commander do to Joan in Scene 3?
4. In Scene 3, what happens right after Joan prays?
5. In Scene 2, who tries to trick Joan into thinking he is the Dauphin?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the purpose of the author including the king's dream and its details in the Epilogue?
2. What is the additional charge brought against Joan in Scene 6, and what is her reaction to that charge?
3. 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?
4. Why doesn't the Dauphin hold any real power in Scene 2?
5. Is Robert's decision to help Joan in Scene 1 based on emotion or rationalization? Why?
6. In Scene 3, what is troubling the French army commander, Dunois?
7. In Scene 3, what does Dunois need, and why?
8. Would Joan's mission be complete with a victory at Orleans, or would it just whet her appetite for battle?
9. In the Epilogue, what does King Charles find out about Joan and how long is it after Joan's execution?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Joan's power over the most important men in France leads to fear that her individualism might undermine the stability of the feudal structure. Describe the various intricacies of the feudal system and elaborate on what Joan's actions, while appearing fairly insignificant, might do to affect the entire structure. If the feudal system did collapse, what would the ramifications be to each level of the system? What would the pros and cons be of just such a synergistic system being the core of a country's economy and political/social structure?
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
The Catholic church is well represented in this play, including the Archbishop of Rheims and various bishops, clergymen, and officials. Given the skepticism these men show when exposed to Joan's mission/cause, would it be fair to say that these men weren't strong in their faith? Though the Archbishop of Rheims comes to respect and believe in Joan, why wouldn't he give her the benefit of the doubt from the beginning?
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