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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Joan plan to do in Scene 5 now that she has returned victorious from the Siege at Orleans?
2. In the beginning of Scene 6, how long has Joan's trial lasted?
3. What do the officials in Scene 6 discuss before Joan is brought into the courtroom?
4. With whom is Joan carrying on a discussion in Scene 5 while in the cathedral?
5. What kind of actions does Dunois say the attempts for Paris are?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
In the beginning of the play, the Dauphin is an ineffectual, weak leader. France is in the hands of the men who financially support the Dauphin, and the Dauphin is simply a puppet. Joan's mission includes restoring France to its people and freeing her from the English. An integral part of that plan is to employ a strong, effectual leader. How does Joan give the Dauphin the confidence he needs to become king? How does she restore his faith in his life's mission and his ability to rule France? Does this plan include the Dauphin's support staff? How does Joan win them over as well?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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