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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 1, the castle is described as located on a river between which two cities?

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

3. What is the cause of the lack of eggs for Robert's breakfast in Scene 1?

4. Who is the Dauphin's military adviser?

5. In Scene 2, what subject is being discussed by the Archbishop and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Joan ask Robert for in Scene 1, and why?

3. After Joan identifies the true Dauphin in Scene 2, what does she tell the Dauphin, and how does he react?

4. What is the setting for the play, and what is the location for the opening of the play?

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

6. Once Joan is given complete control of the military, the Dauphin calls his advisers back into the room. What does he tell the men and how do they react?

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

8. In Scene 4, Joan's alignment as an individual with the French king poses a threat to what system, and why?

9. In Scene 1, Robert believes that Joan can have a positive effect on the troops. Why does Robert believe this, and what effect does he hope Joan will have?

10. How does Joan react to the advice given by her colleagues in Scene 5?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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