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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Scene 6, what is one of the crimes Joan is to be tried for?
2. In Scene 4, it is believed that __________ about Joan may cause the common individuals to defect.
3. In Scene 5, why is the king concerned about the lack of state funds?
4. Joan discusses ___________ with a military officer while in the cathedral.
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"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 2
Joan is excommunicated from the church and burned at the stake. Her death is horrible and cruel. Do the men responsible for her execution feel any remorse? Why or why not? How do you know? What events occur to reinforce the way they feel? What do these events symbolize?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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