Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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 advise Martha to do in terms of grieving her husband?
2. According to Mephistopheles, what must he and Faust do in order for the potion to work?
3. Why does Faust decide to turn to magic use?
4. Where does "Outside the Town Wall" take place?
5. Why does the witch burn herself on her cauldron?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Martha and Mephistopheles's interactions in "A Garden."
2. What does Faust fear in regards to his relationship with Gretchen about Mephistopheles?
3. After meeting Faust, how does Gretchen admit to feeling about him during "Gretchen's Room"?
4. What happens to Gretchen at the end of "A Cathedral"?
5. How does Valentine react to Gretchen's plight, as well as the presence of Faust?
6. Who is Barbara, and why is she being discussed by Gretchen and Lieschen?
7. What does Martha suggest Gretchen do with the second box of jewelry in "The Neighbor's House"?
8. Why does Mephistopheles keep trying to subvert Faust from examining his vision of Gretchen?
9. For what reasons does the director decide that the audience should experience a journey from heaven to hell in this play?
10. What does Gretchen admit out loud to herself while she is alone during "Evening"?
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
Discuss the role of irony in "Faust." Define the term and use several passages from the text to illustrate these ideas. Suggestions of examples from the text include the following: Faust's first encounter with Mephistopheles falling on Easter, Faust's choice of pursuing Gretchen, Valentine's name, and the notion that Mephistopheles recognizes the greed and hypocrisy of the church. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
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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