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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 effects are had on the men in the tavern due to Mephistopheles's presence?

2. What does Martha admit about the second box of jewelry?

3. Where does Faust first see the image of the girl with whom he grows obsessed?

4. What does Faust threaten to do if Mephistopheles is unable to get the girl he is obsessed with for him?

5. Who is stirring the witch's cauldron in "A Witch's Kitchen?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gretchen admit out loud to herself while she is alone during "Evening"?

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

3. For what reasons does the director decide that the audience should experience a journey from heaven to hell in this play?

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

5. What primary function does the clown serve during "Prelude on the Stage"?

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

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

8. What leads up to Faust's suicide attempt and what stops him?

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

10. Why is Mephistopheles bored with and disdainful of mankind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is meta-theater? How is meta-theater used in "Faust"? Describe the scene or scenes in which this concept is present and how it affects the characters. What purpose does it serve, and how does it frame the rest of the play? Does it alter the mood of the play at all? If so, how? How do these moments of meta-theater change the readers perceptions of the play?

Essay Topic 3

What roles do women play in the society of this play? Why is it significant that the town and Valentine held Gretchen's worth so high but immediately tore her down because of her pregnancy? How is the unseen-character of Barbara related to this fact? How does Faust, despite his professed love of Gretchen, also reduce her character down to what he wants her to be? How does Martha and her role as an abused wife suggest the esteem in which women are held? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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