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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. After their pact is signed, what doubts does Faust voice to Mephistopheles?

2. Why does Mephistopheles grow angry at the witch that he visits with Faust?

3. In "Dedication," what does the author ultimately decide is more important than fame?

4. Why does the witch burn herself on her cauldron?

5. Where does the poodle transform into Mephistopheles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Faust and Wagner's relationship.

2. Describe the steps taken to make Faust appear younger.

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

4. How does the poodle behave before transforming into Mephistopheles?

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

6. Describe Faust's crisis during "Night" and "Outside the Town Wall."

7. Describe the differing opinions of Gretchen, her mother, and Martha about the mysterious jewels.

8. Why does Faust decide to try witchcraft in his first scene?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

What is significant about the character of Mephistopheles being portrayed as charming and charismatic? How does this affect the balance of good versus evil, as well as the relationship between God and the devil? How do people react to Mephistopheles, particularly Faust and Gretchen? What is important about Martha's attempted seduction of Mephistopheles? How does this relate to his overall disdain of the human race? What does this suggest about his role in the world? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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