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. What do the Englishmen intend to do to Joan once she is captured?
2. In Scene 6, what does Joan risk by not submitting to the church officials' demands?
3. In Scene 4, what are the nobleman and the chaplain bemoaning?
4. What is Joan's suggestion to the king and his advisers in Scene 5?
5. What is the name of the new King of France in Scene 5?
Essay Topic 1
In the opening scene, the reader is introduced to Joan and can see how commoners and noblemen alike view Joan and her powers. The steward has heard of Joan and is convinced her presence is why the hens have stopped laying eggs. Robert de Baudricourt thinks Joan's claims are preposterous, but he believes she will have a positive effect on the morale of the troops. How does this introduction set the tone for the way Joan is viewed throughout the play? Is this a case of foreshadowing? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Joan's power over the most important men in France leads to fear that her individualism might undermine the stability of the feudal structure. Describe the various intricacies of the feudal system and elaborate on what Joan's actions, while appearing fairly insignificant, might do to affect the entire structure. If the feudal system did collapse, what would the ramifications be to each level of the system? What would the pros and cons be of just such a synergistic system being the core of a country's economy and political/social structure?
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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