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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Scene 6, what is one of the crimes Joan is to be tried for?
2. What is the fear created for the English by Joan aligning herself as an individual with the French King?
3. In Scene 6, what occurs before Joan is brought into the courtroom?
4. In Scene 6, what does Joan have to do for the church officials to fulfill their commitment to Joan's soul?
5. Why do the nobleman and the chaplain believe that Joan should be burned?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Joan of Arc was not only a warrior but a woman who received messages from God. According to historical documentation, Joan is also attributed with working miracles, and it was thought that these miracles were the pivotal factor in the French army's victories over the English. What are some of the examples given in the script of Joan's miracles? What end was accomplished by these miracles? Could any of these miracles be attributed to something else? Why or why not? If so, what else could they be attributed to? Why are the miracles so important to the validity of Joan as a saint? Do you think she would have been canonized without working miracles, or would she have simply been thought of as an inspirational soldier for God? Why?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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