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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. What interrupts Faust when he tries to commit suicide?

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

3. Where does "Night" take place?

4. For what are the archangels praising God in the beginning of the play?

5. What does Wagner interrupt when he comes to see Faust in "Night?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Mephistopheles suggest to Gretchen about marriage and why?

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

5. In the "Dedication," why is Goethe so wistful?

6. Describe Faust's crisis during "Night" and "Outside the Town Wall."

7. Describe the actions of the baboons in "A Witch's Kitchen."

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

9. What does Gretchen admit out loud to herself while she is alone during "Evening"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) The debate between the director and the poet.

Part 2) God's belief that Mephistopheles's temptations will only bring people closer to Him.

Part 3) The crowning of Mephistopheles in relation to Gretchen's initial rudeness to Faust.

Part 4) The plights of Martha and Barbara.

Part 5) The tormenting of Gretchen in the cathedral.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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

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.

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