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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 Mephistopheles promise Gretchen at the end of "The Neighbor's House"?

2. What does Mephistopheles give all the men in the tavern?

3. From what does the witch read before giving Faust his potion to appear younger?

4. What does Faust believe about the mysterious animal that approaches him during "Outside the Town Wall"?

5. Why is Faust unhappy with his life's work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Mephistopheles suggest to Gretchen about marriage and why?

7. Describe the steps taken to make Faust appear younger.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of temptation in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) Mephistopheles's conversation with God.

Part 2) Faust's bargain.

Part 3) The courtship of Gretchen.

Part 4) The consequences of giving into temptation.

Part 5) The decadent lifestyle of Faust and Mephistopheles.

Part 6) Gretchen's redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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

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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