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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, Joan receives scorn for what?
2. In Scene 2, where do the Dauphin's advisers wait for him to arrive?
3. In Scene 2, what is the second achievement that Joan tells the Dauphin he will attain?
4. To whom does the Dauphin owe a financial debt?
5. Who is the leader that Joan hopes to influence in Scene 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the men responsible for Joan's trial and execution react to the news that she has been canonized?
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. What is Joan's first reaction to the church officials' demands for her to recant at her trial?
5. Why do you think the English officials were quick to label Joan a witch in Scene 4?
6. In Scene 4, two men in an English army camp are having a discussion. Who are the men, and what are they discussing?
7. Scene 1 sees Robert go through several emotions. What are some of those emotions, and why does Robert experience them?
8. Robert de Baudricourt is upset because there are no eggs for his breakfast. What does the steward tell Robert is the reason for the lack of eggs?
9. After her victory at Orleans, what are Joan's intentions outlined in Scene 5?
10. What are the Archbishop of Rheims and Lord Chamberlain de la Tremouille discussing while they wait for the Dauphin's arrival in Scene 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Joan's military leadership is an example of gender role reversal. Joan takes on a position which, especially in the Middle Ages, is one almost exclusively held by a man. What are some ways Joan adapts to better fit this role? Does her attitude become more forceful? Does her apparel change? Do you think her change in outward appearance is an attempt to make herself appear more manly, thereby making it easier for the men who make up her troops to accept her?
Essay Topic 2
The Catholic church is well represented in this play, including the Archbishop of Rheims and various bishops, clergymen, and officials. Given the skepticism these men show when exposed to Joan's mission/cause, would it be fair to say that these men weren't strong in their faith? Though the Archbishop of Rheims comes to respect and believe in Joan, why wouldn't he give her the benefit of the doubt from the beginning?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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