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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. Where is the French army located in the beginning of Scene 3?

3. In what room does Joan meet with the Dauphin?

4. After Joan speaks with the Dauphin and his advisers in Scene 2, what does the Dauphin do?

5. In Scene 3, what has Joan gained access to that is considered evidence of her reputation?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Scene 4, two men in an English army camp are having a discussion. Who are the men, and what are they discussing?

2. In Scene 6, what are the church officials willing to do if Joan will not recant her sins?

3. What is Joan anxious to do in Scene 3? Who stops her, and why?

4. In Scene 5, what do Joan's colleagues tell her about in order to dissuade her from continuing war against the English?

5. 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?

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

7. How do the new king and his advisers feel about Joan and her desire to continue in battle after her success at Orleans?

8. In Scene 2, what does Gilles de Rais tell the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille about Joan?

9. How do the nobleman and the chaplain feel about Joan, and how do they feel she should be treated?

10. Is Robert's decision to help Joan in Scene 1 based on emotion or rationalization? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

An ongoing theme throughout the play is feminism. Joan's role as a woman in Medieval France would rarely, if ever, have her participating in battle, let alone leading the troops. Do you think that Joan's supernatural powers and visions were a necessary component of her mission for her to be accepted and installed as a military leader? Or, do you think she would have been given the same respect as just a woman? Why? Joan obviously has no problem approaching high powered men. How does this add to the feminist theme?

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