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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What nationality is the person leading the French army?
2. In Scene 6, an additional charge is brought against Joan for what?
3. What is Joan fixed on after the Battle of Orleans?
4. Joan is single-minded about ____________ once she has been successful at the Battle of Orleans.
5. What does Joan plan to do in Scene 5 now that she has returned victorious from the Siege at Orleans?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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?
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