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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 begin to read in the first scene called "Faust's Study"?

2. What does the clown profess to wanting for this play during "Prelude on the Stage"?

3. Who does Faust initially believe Mephistopheles to be?

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

5. Where does Mephistopheles leave the box of jewelry for Gretchen before he and Faust leave her room?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the actions of the baboons in "A Witch's Kitchen."

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

4. Why does the black poodle disturb Faust?

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

6. What does Gretchen admit out loud to herself while she is alone during "Evening"?

7. How do Faust and Mephistopheles plan to get the girl for Faust at the end of "A Street"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss God and Mephistopheles in the following format:

Part 1) Their similarities and differences.

Part 2) Their relationship and how it affects the world.

Part 3) Their differing opinions on the human race.

Part 4) Their relationships with their followers.

Part 5) Their methods of balancing each others' influence and power.

Part 6) The subversion of good versus evil.

Essay Topic 2

What is a "faustian bargain"? How is this used in everyday language? How does it relate to "Faust?" What is significant about the fact that this term has entered the vernacular in regards to the importance of the play itself on society? What does this suggest about not only Goethe's intent in writing this play, but about the character of Faust and his situation?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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