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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Joan react to her colleagues' lack of enthusiasm for her plan to go to Paris in Scene 5?
2. Who are the Englishmen who are discussing Joan in Scene 4?
3. What is the name of the new King of France in Scene 5?
4. Joan discusses ___________ with a military officer while in the cathedral.
5. What do the Englishmen intend to do to Joan once she is captured?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The supernatural is a strong theme in "Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue." How was the supernatural viewed in the Middle Ages? Why is Joan's military prowess and charisma turned into something supernatural rather than attributing it to talent and personality? Why would Joan's supernatural powers be seen as a threat to those in authority and a miracle to those in need?
Essay Topic 2
Once the Dauphin turns control of the French army over to Joan, the high-ranking officials of his court are called into the room and informed of the decision. What happens when these men are basically commanded to follow a young girl into battle? Does this validate Joan's new authority, or do you think it is a show for the Dauphin? Why? What does Joan do after the men fall to their knees? What does this symbolize?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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