Saint Joan Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is responsible for Joan's situation in the beginning of Scene 6?

2. Which of the following is a reason the English label Joan a witch?

3. Joan discusses ___________ with a military officer while in the cathedral.

4. In Scene 6, what do the church officials threaten Joan with when she refuses to recant?

5. What do the church officials want Joan to admit to in Scene 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the triggering event for Joan to believe that God has called her for a mission? Is her reaction typical for that time? Do you think if Joan had lived during a different era, her reaction to hearing voices might have been different? What about religion in the Middle Ages would lead a person hearing voices to believe they are hearing the voice of a saint? Joan's convictions are strong and her faith is unshakable. Do you think blind faith was more prevalent and stronger in the Middle Ages than it is today?

Essay Topic 2

Witchcraft has been feared for millennia, throwing whole countries into panic and causing chaos throughout history. Witchcraft has also been a convenient way for those in power to rid themselves of anyone challenging that power. Such is the case with Joan. Why would the English and French noblemen and church officials fear the actions of a mere girl? What reason would they have for putting her to death? Do you think these men actually believed that Joan was a witch, or do you think witchcraft made a convenient excuse for ridding themselves of a wild card? Why?

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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