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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 mysterious animal that approaches him during "Outside the Town Wall"?

2. In what time does "Prelude on the Stage" take place?

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

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

5. What is Faust's title?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Mephistopheles initially held prisoner by Faust and how does he escape?

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

3. What leads up to Faust pledging his love to Gretchen?

4. Describe some of the characters in the chapter "Walpurgis Night."

5. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

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

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

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

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

10. What is "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" and what purpose does it serve?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How do characters in "Faust" use manipulation to their own advantage? How does Mephistopheles manage to manipulate every human he comes into contact with and why? How does Faust himself manipulate Gretchen? What are the consequences of these manipulations? Why is it significant that Faust is unable to admit to himself that he has manipulated Gretchen, while Mephistopheles rarely hides his intentions? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

How does Goethe use "Faust" to critique society? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) People's relationship with God.

Part 2) God and Mephistopheles.

Part 3) The role of the church.

Part 4) The town's rejection of Gretchen.

Part 5) "A Walpurgis Night's Dream."

Develop a clear thesis and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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