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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 must Faust step inside of in order to begin the spell to make him appear younger?

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

3. From what does the witch read before giving Faust his potion to appear younger?

4. How does Mephistopheles entertain the crowd during "Auerbach's Tavern"?

5. What does Mephistopheles claim happened to Martha's husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the argument between the director, the clown, and the poet in "Prelude on the Stage."

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

6. What does Martha suggest Gretchen do with the second box of jewelry in "The Neighbor's House"?

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

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

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

10. What does Mephistopheles suggest to Gretchen about marriage and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What significance does the Easter holiday play in "Faust"? How do the hymnals affect the titular character and why? What are some connotations associated with Easter that can be applied, literally or ironically, to "Faust"? How does the Easter celebration reveal Faust's deep insecurities and regrets in life? Discuss these ideas in an essay (do not limit yourself to simply answering these questions). Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In a brief essay, discuss the roles of magic and witchcraft in "Faust." Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Points that should be considered in this essay include (but not exclusively) the following: Faust's dabbling with magic, "A Witch's Kitchen," the celebration of Walpurgis Night, and Mephistopheles. Be sure to consider the symbolism behind these sections, as well as how magic and witchcraft help develop certain characters and themes within the play.

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