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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

How do characters in "Faust" use manipulation to their own advantage? How does Mephistopheles manage to manipulate every human he comes into contact with and why? How does Faust himself manipulate Gretchen? What are the consequences of these manipulations? Why is it significant that Faust is unable to admit to himself that he has manipulated Gretchen, while Mephistopheles rarely hides his intentions? 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 the use of symbolism in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) The Easter celebration.

Part 2) The black poodle.

Part 3) The "crowning" of Mephistopheles in "A Witch's Kitchen."

Part 4) The jewels.

Part 5) Flowers.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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