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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 does the French commander want his troops to attack?

2. Who informs Robert of the hens' recovery in Scene 1?

3. Joan hopes to convince the leader of her country to do what in Scene 1?

4. What does the French commander do to Joan in Scene 3?

5. What is the name of the castle in which the play opens?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Joan's response to the church officials' threats of torture if she doesn't sign the paper admitting heresy in Scene 6?

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

3. Scene 1 sees Robert go through several emotions. What are some of those emotions, and why does Robert experience them?

4. How do the men who condemn Joan to death react after her execution?

5. After her victory at Orleans, what are Joan's intentions outlined in Scene 5?

6. Is the fact that Joan is a woman an asset or liability to her cause?

7. 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?

8. What happens to the Dauphin at the beginning of Scene 5, and who is responsible for it?

9. Why doesn't the Dauphin hold any real power in Scene 2?

10. Would Joan's mission be complete with a victory at Orleans, or would it just whet her appetite for battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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