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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. Why does Mephistopheles grow angry at the witch that he visits with Faust?

2. What is Faust's method of suicide when he contemplates ending his life?

3. From what does the witch read before giving Faust his potion to appear younger?

4. What does the clown profess to wanting for this play during "Prelude on the Stage"?

5. What does Martha admit about the second box of jewelry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Mephistopheles initially held prisoner by Faust and how does he escape?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Gretchen in the following format:

Part 1) Innocence versus corruption.

Part 2) Her self esteem and the opinions of others.

Part 3) Temptation and empathy.

Part 4) The role of the woman to bring honor to the family.

Part 5) Her downfall and tragedy.

Part 6) Redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

Part 1) The Easter celebration.

Part 2) The black poodle.

Part 3) The "crowning" of Mephistopheles in "A Witch's Kitchen."

Part 4) The jewels.

Part 5) Flowers.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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