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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. To what town does Mephistopheles bring Faust at the end of the second "Faust's Study" scene?

2. Who does Faust initially believe Mephistopheles to be?

3. Where does the poodle transform into Mephistopheles?

4. Why is Mephistopheles unable to leave Faust's study after appearing to the man?

5. What is the fate of the box of jewelry when Gretchen shows it to her mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the black poodle disturb Faust?

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

4. Describe Faust and Wagner's relationship.

5. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

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

7. What concerns does Faust have in regards to his bargain with the devil?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss God and Mephistopheles in the following format:

Part 1) Their similarities and differences.

Part 2) Their relationship and how it affects the world.

Part 3) Their differing opinions on the human race.

Part 4) Their relationships with their followers.

Part 5) Their methods of balancing each others' influence and power.

Part 6) The subversion of good versus evil.

Essay Topic 2

How does Faust fit the definition of a tragic hero? What is his hamartia? How do his actions cause the tragedies of this play. Discuss these questions (though not exclusively) in the form of an essay. Compose a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Be sure to define the terms "tragic hero" and "hamartia," as well as discuss how Faust also subverts the trope of a tragic hero.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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