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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, what does Robert think about Joan's assertion that she hears voices?

2. What would the ships be hastened by in Scene 3?

3. Who is incredulous and angry at his steward in Scene 1?

4. What happens after Joan leaves in Scene 1?

5. The play opens in what year?

Short Essay Questions

1. After her victory at Orleans, what are Joan's intentions outlined in Scene 5?

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. What news does Gilles de Rais bring to the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille in Scene 2?

7. 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?

8. The church officials holding Joan's trial believe it is their duty to do what?

9. What has happened to Joan in the beginning of Scene 6?

10. How do the men who condemn Joan to death react after her execution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue" is a very short play considering the intricacies involved in telling the story of Joan of Arc. Shaw obviously had to distill his information to make the play interesting and still stay true to Joan's life. Give examples of what you think the author declined to include that might have made the story more interesting, exciting, in-depth, etc. and why. Do you think Joan of Arc's life deserves a longer play, or do you think Shaw does an effective job with his format? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The king's dream in the Epilogue is an anachronistic dramatization intending to bring the play to a satisfactory resolution. What is the significance of the king's dream? Why would the king dream of a man from the 1920s? What does this man symbolize? Why would the men who excommunicated and executed Joan be in the dream? Why would the dream be more about these men than Joan? How does Shaw ensure that the reader is given a "happy" ending?

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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