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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 does Faust do when left alone in Gretchen's room in "Evening"?

2. What does the author profess sadness over in "Dedication"?

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

4. What does Wagner point out to Faust as they walk with their townspeople?

5. According to Mephistopheles, why does he have no power over the young girl with whom Faust is obsessed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Mephistopheles tell Martha about her husband when he visits them in disguise?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Faust decide to try witchcraft in his first scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Goethe use "Faust" to critique society? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) People's relationship with God.

Part 2) God and Mephistopheles.

Part 3) The role of the church.

Part 4) The town's rejection of Gretchen.

Part 5) "A Walpurgis Night's Dream."

Develop a clear thesis and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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