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

Short Answer Questions

1. Joan is single-minded about ____________ once she has been successful at the Battle of Orleans.

2. In Scene 4, the men discussing Joan fear she is a threat to what system?

3. What happens to one young woman who stands up for Joan's cause?

4. In Scene 4, it is believed that __________ about Joan may cause the common individuals to defect.

5. What is Joan's suggestion to the king and his advisers in Scene 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Catholic church is well represented in this play, including the Archbishop of Rheims and various bishops, clergymen, and officials. Given the skepticism these men show when exposed to Joan's mission/cause, would it be fair to say that these men weren't strong in their faith? Though the Archbishop of Rheims comes to respect and believe in Joan, why wouldn't he give her the benefit of the doubt from the beginning?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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