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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. Where does "Outside the Town Wall" take place?
2. To what town does Mephistopheles bring Faust at the end of the second "Faust's Study" scene?
3. What happens to Faust and Mephistopheles at the end of "Auerbach's Tavern"?
4. What is Faust's method of suicide when he contemplates ending his life?
5. What holiday is being celebrated in "Outside the Town Wall"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Faust feel about the mystery girl he sees in the mirror and in the street?
2. Why is Mephistopheles initially held prisoner by Faust and how does he escape?
3. How does the poodle behave before transforming into Mephistopheles?
4. Why does Faust decide to try witchcraft in his first scene?
5. Describe the argument between the director, the clown, and the poet in "Prelude on the Stage."
6. Describe Faust's crisis during "Night" and "Outside the Town Wall."
7. Why does Mephistopheles have no power over the girl with whom Faust is obsessed?
8. What is the fate of the first box of jewels that Mephistopheles secretly leaves Gretchen and why?
9. What does Gretchen admit out loud to herself while she is alone during "Evening"?
10. What primary function does the clown serve during "Prelude on the Stage"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Write a brief essay about "Faust" as both a comedy and a tragedy in the following format:
Part 1) Definitions of comedy and tragedy.
Part 2) The tragic element of "Faust."
Part 3) The characterizations of "Faust."
Part 4) The comedic scenes.
Part 5) The satire and parodies found in "Faust."
Be sure to end the essay with a reiteration of your own conclusions on this question, and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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