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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who are the Englishmen who are discussing Joan in Scene 4?
2. In Scene 5, why is the king concerned about the lack of state funds?
3. What do the church officials want Joan to admit to in Scene 6?
4. What do the new king and his advisers think of Joan's advice in Scene 5?
5. The Dauphin goes through a ceremony in Scene 5. What is that ceremony?
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 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
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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