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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. In what time does "Prelude on the Stage" take place?

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

3. What does God believe will happen if Mephistopheles meets Faust?

4. Why does Faust decide to turn to magic use?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What debate arises between Mephistopheles and God in regards to Faust?

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 Faust feel about the mystery girl he sees in the mirror and in the street?

6. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

7. Why does Mephistopheles have no power over the girl with whom Faust is obsessed?

8. During the second scene called "Faust's Study," what does Faust admit to Mephistopheles?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a brief essay about "Faust" as both a comedy and a tragedy in the following format:

Part 1) Definitions of comedy and tragedy.

Part 2) The tragic element of "Faust."

Part 3) The characterizations of "Faust."

Part 4) The comedic scenes.

Part 5) The satire and parodies found in "Faust."

Be sure to end the essay with a reiteration of your own conclusions on this question, and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of irony in "Faust." Define the term and use several passages from the text to illustrate these ideas. Suggestions of examples from the text include the following: Faust's first encounter with Mephistopheles falling on Easter, Faust's choice of pursuing Gretchen, Valentine's name, and the notion that Mephistopheles recognizes the greed and hypocrisy of the church. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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