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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 Mephistopheles advise Martha to do in terms of grieving her husband?

2. According to Mephistopheles, what must he and Faust do in order for the potion to work?

3. Why does Faust decide to turn to magic use?

4. Where does "Outside the Town Wall" take place?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Martha and Mephistopheles's interactions in "A Garden."

2. What does Faust fear in regards to his relationship with Gretchen about Mephistopheles?

3. After meeting Faust, how does Gretchen admit to feeling about him during "Gretchen's Room"?

4. What happens to Gretchen at the end of "A Cathedral"?

5. How does Valentine react to Gretchen's plight, as well as the presence of Faust?

6. Who is Barbara, and why is she being discussed by Gretchen and Lieschen?

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

8. Why does Mephistopheles keep trying to subvert Faust from examining his vision of Gretchen?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Faust in the following format:

Part 1) His crisis of faith and depression.

Part 2) His personality.

Part 3) His relationship with God and Mephistopheles.

Part 4) His use of manipulation in love.

Part 5) His feelings of guilt in regards to both Gretchen and his bargain with the devil.

Develop a clear thesis statement about Faust and be sure to discuss the changes Faust undergoes in each category. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

What is meta-theater? How is meta-theater used in "Faust"? Describe the scene or scenes in which this concept is present and how it affects the characters. What purpose does it serve, and how does it frame the rest of the play? Does it alter the mood of the play at all? If so, how? How do these moments of meta-theater change the readers perceptions of the play?

Essay Topic 3

In a brief essay, discuss the roles of magic and witchcraft in "Faust." Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Points that should be considered in this essay include (but not exclusively) the following: Faust's dabbling with magic, "A Witch's Kitchen," the celebration of Walpurgis Night, and Mephistopheles. Be sure to consider the symbolism behind these sections, as well as how magic and witchcraft help develop certain characters and themes within the play.

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