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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 are the men in the tavern about ready to do when Mephistopheles finally stops them?

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

3. Why does the witch burn herself on her cauldron?

4. What is the director's main concern in "Prelude on the Stage"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads up to Faust's suicide attempt and what stops him?

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

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

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

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

6. Why is the witch in a bad mood when she finally appears to Faust and Mephistopheles?

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

8. What is the fate of the first box of jewels that Mephistopheles secretly leaves Gretchen and why?

9. What primary function does the clown serve during "Prelude on the Stage"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is significant about the character of Mephistopheles being portrayed as charming and charismatic? How does this affect the balance of good versus evil, as well as the relationship between God and the devil? How do people react to Mephistopheles, particularly Faust and Gretchen? What is important about Martha's attempted seduction of Mephistopheles? How does this relate to his overall disdain of the human race? What does this suggest about his role in the world? 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

Write a brief essay about the role of Faust as an "everyman." Develop a clear thesis statement, as well as a definition for the term "everyman." Apply the definition to Faust by using strong examples from the text. Explain how Faust's role as an everyman allows accessibility for the reader to identify and sympathize with the titular character, as well as reconciling this status with his more questionable actions.

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