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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. Where does the poodle transform into Mephistopheles?

2. What does the poodle refuse to do when in Faust's study?

3. What does Mephistopheles promise Gretchen at the end of "The Neighbor's House"?

4. How does Mephistopheles entertain the crowd during "Auerbach's Tavern"?

5. Why is Mephistopheles unable to leave Faust's study after appearing to the man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How do Faust and Mephistopheles plan to get the girl for Faust at the end of "A Street"?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What purposes do the scenes entitled "Walpurgis Night" and "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" serve in this play? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) Allusions to Greek mythology, the Bible, and other works of literature.

Part 2) Faust's uneasiness at the celebration.

Part 3) The vision of Gretchen in relation to the purpose of Walpurgis Night.

Part 4) Mephistopheles's reactions to being amongst his people.

Part 5) The absurdities of the humans.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss God and Mephistopheles in the following format:

Part 1) Their similarities and differences.

Part 2) Their relationship and how it affects the world.

Part 3) Their differing opinions on the human race.

Part 4) Their relationships with their followers.

Part 5) Their methods of balancing each others' influence and power.

Part 6) The subversion of good versus evil.

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