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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Scene 4, the bishop holds out hope for ____________.
2. Where is Joan imprisoned?
3. What is Joan's suggestion to the king and his advisers in Scene 5?
4. In Scene 5, Joan desires to take a certain path now that she has been successful in battle. Why does she want to take that path?
5. What is the name of the new King of France in Scene 5?
Essay Topic 1
Witchcraft has been feared for millennia, throwing whole countries into panic and causing chaos throughout history. Witchcraft has also been a convenient way for those in power to rid themselves of anyone challenging that power. Such is the case with Joan. Why would the English and French noblemen and church officials fear the actions of a mere girl? What reason would they have for putting her to death? Do you think these men actually believed that Joan was a witch, or do you think witchcraft made a convenient excuse for ridding themselves of a wild card? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Describe Joan's eleven week trial. Do you think the trial was fair? Why or why not? Do you think Joan's superior attitude had anything to do with the way the church officials went about their questioning? Why or why not? Do you think Joan's imprisonment in a men's prison was an attempt to break her spirit? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Joan's one moment of weakness comes during her trial when she is faced with the possibility of torture and death. How does Joan respond to this threat? What does she do in an attempt to avoid torture and death? Do you think she is under the impression that this act will buy her freedom? Why or why not? What does she do when she finds out that she is still bound for life imprisonment? Do you think she understands the repercussions of this act? Why or why not?
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