Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Compare and contrast Lucifer and Dr. Faustus, providing specific examples from the text.
2. Why was Dr. Faustus controversial when it was published? How did the period affect the way that the book was received in society?
3. Why is Latin used in "Dr. Faustus"? Which characters speak Latin, and what does this signify about them?
4. What is the purpose of the chorus in "Dr. Faustus"? What role do they play? Why are they important?
5. How is comedy used in "Dr. Faustus"? Which characters are comic? ...
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