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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 is Faust doing in his first appearance in this play?

2. What does Faust believe about the girl he sees the image of at the witch's house?

3. What does the poodle refuse to do when in Faust's study?

4. In regards to their bargain, what does Faust make Mephistopheles agree to before signing the pledge?

5. Why does Gretchen believe people tell her that she is beautiful?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Faust and Wagner's relationship.

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

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

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

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.

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