Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Dedication, Prelude on the Stage, and Prologue in Heaven
1. In the "Dedication," why is Goethe so wistful?
2. Describe the argument between the director, the clown, and the poet in "Prelude on the Stage."
3. What primary function does the clown serve during "Prelude on the Stage"?
4. For what reasons does the director decide that the audience should experience a journey from heaven to hell in this play?
5. Why is Mephistopheles bored with and disdainful of mankind?
6. What debate arises between Mephistopheles...
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