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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 news does Mephistopheles give Martha in her first scene?

2. In "Dedication," what does the author ultimately decide is more important than fame?

3. What does Mephistopheles posit to God in relation to Faust?

4. What is Faust heavily doubting in "Night"?

5. Why does Faust decide to turn to magic use?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the differing opinions of Gretchen, her mother, and Martha about the mysterious jewels.

2. During the second scene called "Faust's Study," what does Faust admit to Mephistopheles?

3. What happens when Mephistopheles and Faust go to the tavern in Leipzig?

4. Why is the witch in a bad mood when she finally appears to Faust and Mephistopheles?

5. What debate arises between Mephistopheles and God in regards to Faust?

6. What concerns does Faust have in regards to his bargain with the devil?

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

8. For what reasons does the director decide that the audience should experience a journey from heaven to hell in this play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Gretchen in the following format:

Part 1) Innocence versus corruption.

Part 2) Her self esteem and the opinions of others.

Part 3) Temptation and empathy.

Part 4) The role of the woman to bring honor to the family.

Part 5) Her downfall and tragedy.

Part 6) Redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

In a brief essay, discuss the roles of magic and witchcraft in "Faust." Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Points that should be considered in this essay include (but not exclusively) the following: Faust's dabbling with magic, "A Witch's Kitchen," the celebration of Walpurgis Night, and Mephistopheles. Be sure to consider the symbolism behind these sections, as well as how magic and witchcraft help develop certain characters and themes within the play.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of irony in "Faust." Define the term and use several passages from the text to illustrate these ideas. Suggestions of examples from the text include the following: Faust's first encounter with Mephistopheles falling on Easter, Faust's choice of pursuing Gretchen, Valentine's name, and the notion that Mephistopheles recognizes the greed and hypocrisy of the church. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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