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

2. In Scene 6, Joan gives two reasons for dressing in men's clothing. Which of these is one of those reasons?

3. What kind of actions does Dunois say the attempts for Paris are?

4. In the beginning of Scene 6, how long has Joan's trial lasted?

5. In Scene 5, what is one of the emotions felt by Joan's colleagues when she makes her final decision about the battle in Paris?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

An important part of Joan's leadership ability and faith is confidence. Joan radiates confidence borne of divine providence, and her faith is steadfast. Why is Joan so supremely confident in her mission? What makes her so confident? Do you think the supernatural events occurring during her presence increase that confidence? Why or why not?

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

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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