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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, where are the two men who are discussing Joan?
2. Where is Joan imprisoned?
3. In what year does Scene 6 open?
4. What do the church officials believe their duty to Joan is?
5. In Scene 6, an additional charge is brought against Joan for what?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Hundred Years' War lasted 116 years and was really a number of wars between England and France between 1337 and 1453. The Battle of Orleans was pivotal in turning the tide in favor of the French forces. Joan and the French army would go on to win a series of skirmishes and battles against the English and pave the way for the coronation of the Dauphin as King Charles VII. How are the events that take place in Scene 3 when Joan, Dunois, and the French army are stalled at the Loire River symbolic of these events?
Essay Topic 2
Twenty-five years after Joan's execution, King Charles receives interesting information about Joan. What is that information? What is the significance of this information? Has Joan been vindicated through martyrdom, or does she simply appear to be an innocent victim of political posturing? Why? Why do you think a second trial was held? Do you think the king feels any guilt for what happened to Joan, and if he does, do you think this information sets his mind at ease? Why or why not?
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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