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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. After Joan speaks with the Dauphin and his advisers in Scene 2, what does the Dauphin do?

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

3. In Scene 3 when the men in the castle discuss Joan, what do they do?

4. What is the second item that Robert gives to Joan in Scene 1?

5. In Scene 3, what is the goal of the French army?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the new king and his advisers feel about Joan and her desire to continue in battle after her success at Orleans?

2. Explain what happens to the men in the king's dream who participated in the trial and execution of Joan of Arc.

3. In Scene 5, why doesn't Joan want to return home after her success at Orleans?

4. In Scene 6, what are the church officials willing to do if Joan will not recant her sins?

5. What is the subject of the dream which awakens the king in the Epilogue?

6. Is the fact that Joan is a woman an asset or liability to her cause?

7. 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?

8. In Scene 4, what concerns the bishop most about Joan?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Joan of Arc was not only a warrior but a woman who received messages from God. According to historical documentation, Joan is also attributed with working miracles, and it was thought that these miracles were the pivotal factor in the French army's victories over the English. What are some of the examples given in the script of Joan's miracles? What end was accomplished by these miracles? Could any of these miracles be attributed to something else? Why or why not? If so, what else could they be attributed to? Why are the miracles so important to the validity of Joan as a saint? Do you think she would have been canonized without working miracles, or would she have simply been thought of as an inspirational soldier for God? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Joan's power over the most important men in France leads to fear that her individualism might undermine the stability of the feudal structure. Describe the various intricacies of the feudal system and elaborate on what Joan's actions, while appearing fairly insignificant, might do to affect the entire structure. If the feudal system did collapse, what would the ramifications be to each level of the system? What would the pros and cons be of just such a synergistic system being the core of a country's economy and political/social structure?

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