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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 2, what is the first achievement Joan tells the Dauphin he will attain?

2. In Scene 1, what city does Joan hope will be the location for the siege?

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

4. What country is the setting for this play?

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. 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?

3. How do the men responsible for Joan's trial and execution react to the news that she has been canonized?

4. 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?

5. What is the purpose of the author including the king's dream and its details in the Epilogue?

6. What is the additional charge brought against Joan in Scene 6, and what is her reaction to that charge?

7. How do the church officials in Joan's trial respond to her reply to the additional charges brought against her?

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

9. 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?

10. In Scene 2, why is the Dauphin called "ineffectual"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The supernatural is a strong theme in "Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue." How was the supernatural viewed in the Middle Ages? Why is Joan's military prowess and charisma turned into something supernatural rather than attributing it to talent and personality? Why would Joan's supernatural powers be seen as a threat to those in authority and a miracle to those in need?

Essay Topic 2

The Dauphin is finally crowned as King of France at the cathedral at Rheims. What events lead to his coronation? In the beginning of the play, does his coronation look like an even remote possibility? Why or why not? Does it appear that the king now has France and its citizens under his control? Why or why not? Do you think the king's advisers now respect him rather than looking at him as a puppet for their own political gain? Why or why not? What is Joan's role in all of this? Is she an integral piece of the puzzle in the events leading up to the coronation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Joan's eleven week trial. Do you think the trial was fair? Why or why not? Do you think Joan's superior attitude had anything to do with the way the church officials went about their questioning? Why or why not? Do you think Joan's imprisonment in a men's prison was an attempt to break her spirit? Why or why not?

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