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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 he drinks the potion, what does Faust want to do?

2. How does the girl first react to Faust when she meets him?

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

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

5. According to what he tells Mephistopheles, what did the Easter celebration initially bring Faust, which he no longer has?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What happens when Mephistopheles and Faust go to the tavern in Leipzig?

7. What primary function does the clown serve during "Prelude on the Stage"?

8. How does Faust feel about the mystery girl he sees in the mirror and in the street?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of temptation in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) Mephistopheles's conversation with God.

Part 2) Faust's bargain.

Part 3) The courtship of Gretchen.

Part 4) The consequences of giving into temptation.

Part 5) The decadent lifestyle of Faust and Mephistopheles.

Part 6) Gretchen's redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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