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

2. What is Faust doing in his first appearance in this play?

3. Ultimately, in "Prelude on the Stage," what does the director decide to do with their play?

4. When Gretchen re-enters her room in "Evening," how does she begin to feel?

5. What comforts Gretchen's mother when the priest takes the jewels away?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Wagner note about the townspeople he and Faust walk with on Easter, and how does Faust dispute his thoughts?

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

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

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

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

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

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 significance does the Easter holiday play in "Faust"? How do the hymnals affect the titular character and why? What are some connotations associated with Easter that can be applied, literally or ironically, to "Faust"? How does the Easter celebration reveal Faust's deep insecurities and regrets in life? Discuss these ideas in an essay (do not limit yourself to simply answering these questions). Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

How does Faust's innate skepticism of higher powers help lead to his downfall? How is this related to his agreement to Mephistopheles's bargain? In addition to his doubts about Mephistopheles's power, why does this lead Faust into a troubled relationship with God? How and why does Faust retain this skepticism throughout the play? What does this suggest about his character as a whole? Discuss these questions (though not exclusively) in a brief essay about Faust's skepticism while using strong examples from the text to support these arguments.

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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