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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Scene 4, the men discussing Joan fear she is a threat to what system?
2. Why does the king turn down Joan's request to go to Paris in Scene 5?
3. What is one of the crimes Joan is to be tried for in Scene 6?
4. What do the officials in Scene 6 discuss before Joan is brought into the courtroom?
5. Which of the following is a reason the English label Joan a witch?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Dauphin is finally crowned as King of France at the cathedral at Rheims. What events lead to his coronation? In the beginning of the play, does his coronation look like an even remote possibility? Why or why not? Does it appear that the king now has France and its citizens under his control? Why or why not? Do you think the king's advisers now respect him rather than looking at him as a puppet for their own political gain? Why or why not? What is Joan's role in all of this? Is she an integral piece of the puzzle in the events leading up to the coronation? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
"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 3
In the beginning of the play, the Dauphin is an ineffectual, weak leader. France is in the hands of the men who financially support the Dauphin, and the Dauphin is simply a puppet. Joan's mission includes restoring France to its people and freeing her from the English. An integral part of that plan is to employ a strong, effectual leader. How does Joan give the Dauphin the confidence he needs to become king? How does she restore his faith in his life's mission and his ability to rule France? Does this plan include the Dauphin's support staff? How does Joan win them over as well?
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