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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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.

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.

What is a "faustian bargain"? How is this used in everyday language? How does it relate to "Faust?" What is significant about the fact that this term has entered the vernacular in regards to the importance of the play itself on society? What does this suggest about not only Goethe's intent in writing this play, but about the character of Faust and his situation?

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