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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. Why does Mephistopheles grow angry at the witch that he visits with Faust?
2. What does Faust believe about the girl he sees the image of at the witch's house?
3. Why is Mephistopheles unable to leave Faust's study after appearing to the man?
4. How does the girl first react to Faust when she meets him?
5. How does Mephistopheles give Martha contradicting statements about her husband in "The Neighbor's House"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What debate arises between Mephistopheles and God in regards to Faust?
2. Describe the actions of the baboons in "A Witch's Kitchen."
3. What leads up to Faust's suicide attempt and what stops him?
4. Why is Mephistopheles bored with and disdainful of mankind?
5. Why does the black poodle disturb Faust?
6. Why is the witch in a bad mood when she finally appears to Faust and Mephistopheles?
7. What does Gretchen admit out loud to herself while she is alone during "Evening"?
8. What primary function does the clown serve during "Prelude on the Stage"?
9. What does Mephistopheles tell Martha about her husband when he visits them in disguise?
10. What concerns does Faust have in regards to his bargain with the devil?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
How does Faust's innate skepticism of higher powers help lead to his downfall? How is this related to his agreement to Mephistopheles's bargain? In addition to his doubts about Mephistopheles's power, why does this lead Faust into a troubled relationship with God? How and why does Faust retain this skepticism throughout the play? What does this suggest about his character as a whole? Discuss these questions (though not exclusively) in a brief essay about Faust's skepticism while using strong examples from the text to support these arguments.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay about the character of Faust in the following format:
Part 1) His crisis of faith and depression.
Part 2) His personality.
Part 3) His relationship with God and Mephistopheles.
Part 4) His use of manipulation in love.
Part 5) His feelings of guilt in regards to both Gretchen and his bargain with the devil.
Develop a clear thesis statement about Faust and be sure to discuss the changes Faust undergoes in each category. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
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