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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sort of animal approaches Faust and Wagner during the holiday celebration?

2. What are the men in the tavern about ready to do when Mephistopheles finally stops them?

3. Why does Mephistopheles come to God in the "Prologue in Heaven"?

4. What does Mephistopheles explain to Faust about Gretchen's mother in "A Promenade"?

5. What is Faust's reaction to the chorus of spirits in the first scene called "Faust's Study?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Why must Faust lie to Martha about her husband?

2. What leads up to Faust's suicide attempt and what stops him?

3. What primary function does the clown serve during "Prelude on the Stage"?

4. What does Wagner note about the townspeople he and Faust walk with on Easter, and how does Faust dispute his thoughts?

5. Describe the argument between the director, the clown, and the poet in "Prelude on the Stage."

6. What is ironic about Mephistopheles's statement that Gretchen is doomed?

7. Describe Faust's vision of Gretchen.

8. How does the poodle behave before transforming into Mephistopheles?

9. What does Mephistopheles tell Martha about her husband when he visits them in disguise?

10. Why does Mephistopheles have no power over the girl with whom Faust is obsessed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Faust fit the definition of a tragic hero? What is his hamartia? How do his actions cause the tragedies of this play. Discuss these questions (though not exclusively) in the form of an essay. Compose a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Be sure to define the terms "tragic hero" and "hamartia," as well as discuss how Faust also subverts the trope of a tragic hero.

Essay Topic 2

Write a brief essay about "Faust" as both a comedy and a tragedy in the following format:

Part 1) Definitions of comedy and tragedy.

Part 2) The tragic element of "Faust."

Part 3) The characterizations of "Faust."

Part 4) The comedic scenes.

Part 5) The satire and parodies found in "Faust."

Be sure to end the essay with a reiteration of your own conclusions on this question, and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Write a brief essay about the role of Faust as an "everyman." Develop a clear thesis statement, as well as a definition for the term "everyman." Apply the definition to Faust by using strong examples from the text. Explain how Faust's role as an everyman allows accessibility for the reader to identify and sympathize with the titular character, as well as reconciling this status with his more questionable actions.

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