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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 does Faust believe about the townspeople he and Wagner walk with during their holiday celebration after his suicide attempt?

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

3. What does Wagner interrupt when he comes to see Faust in "Night?"

4. What is Faust doing in his first appearance in this play?

5. What does Martha admit about the second box of jewelry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the "Dedication," why is Goethe so wistful?

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

4. How does Faust feel about the mystery girl he sees in the mirror and in the street?

5. What does Martha suggest Gretchen do with the second box of jewelry in "The Neighbor's House"?

6. What is the fate of the first box of jewels that Mephistopheles secretly leaves Gretchen and why?

7. Describe Faust and Wagner's relationship.

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

9. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is significant about the character of Mephistopheles being portrayed as charming and charismatic? How does this affect the balance of good versus evil, as well as the relationship between God and the devil? How do people react to Mephistopheles, particularly Faust and Gretchen? What is important about Martha's attempted seduction of Mephistopheles? How does this relate to his overall disdain of the human race? What does this suggest about his role in the world? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

What purposes do the scenes entitled "Walpurgis Night" and "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" serve in this play? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) Allusions to Greek mythology, the Bible, and other works of literature.

Part 2) Faust's uneasiness at the celebration.

Part 3) The vision of Gretchen in relation to the purpose of Walpurgis Night.

Part 4) Mephistopheles's reactions to being amongst his people.

Part 5) The absurdities of the humans.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

What significance does the Easter holiday play in "Faust"? How do the hymnals affect the titular character and why? What are some connotations associated with Easter that can be applied, literally or ironically, to "Faust"? How does the Easter celebration reveal Faust's deep insecurities and regrets in life? Discuss these ideas in an essay (do not limit yourself to simply answering these questions). Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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