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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, who joins the two men awaiting the Dauphin's arrival?

2. In Scene 2, what is the second achievement that Joan tells the Dauphin he will attain?

3. In Scene 2, what is the first achievement Joan tells the Dauphin he will attain?

4. What is the name of the city where the men are waiting for the Dauphin in Scene 2?

5. In Scene 2, what does the Dauphin bestow upon Joan?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Scene 1, what makes Joan think she is doing God's work? What does Robert think of her assertions?

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

3. In Scene 3, what does Dunois need, and why?

4. How does Joan react to the powerful men kneeling at her feet in the king's dream?

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

6. What is Joan's first reaction to the church officials' demands for her to recant at her trial?

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. Why do you think the English officials were quick to label Joan a witch in Scene 4?

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Hundred Years' War lasted 116 years and was really a number of wars between England and France between 1337 and 1453. The Battle of Orleans was pivotal in turning the tide in favor of the French forces. Joan and the French army would go on to win a series of skirmishes and battles against the English and pave the way for the coronation of the Dauphin as King Charles VII. How are the events that take place in Scene 3 when Joan, Dunois, and the French army are stalled at the Loire River symbolic of these events?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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