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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 distressing the commander of the French army in the beginning of Scene 3?
2. What is the third thing that Robert gives Joan in Scene 1?
3. How do the high-ranking officials feel after the Dauphin tells them his decision after speaking with Joan in Scene 2?
4. In Scene 1, whose voices does Joan claim to hear?
5. In Scene 3, what has Joan gained access to that is considered evidence of her reputation?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What does Joan do in Scene 3 to convince the men in battle that she is authentic?
3. In the king's dream, who interrupts the men discussing their personal trials and for what reason does he interrupt them?
4. In Scene 4, Joan's alignment as an individual with the French king poses a threat to what system, and why?
5. How do the church officials in Joan's trial respond to her reply to the additional charges brought against her?
6. Explain what happens to the men in the king's dream who participated in the trial and execution of Joan of Arc.
7. What does Joan ask Robert for in Scene 1, and why?
8. Is the fact that Joan is a woman an asset or liability to her cause?
9. Who joins the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille to wait for the Dauphin's arrival in Scene 2? What is this man's nickname and why is that what he is called?
10. In Scene 3, what does Dunois need, and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Twenty-five years after Joan's execution, King Charles receives interesting information about Joan. What is that information? What is the significance of this information? Has Joan been vindicated through martyrdom, or does she simply appear to be an innocent victim of political posturing? Why? Why do you think a second trial was held? Do you think the king feels any guilt for what happened to Joan, and if he does, do you think this information sets his mind at ease? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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