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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 Mephistopheles and Faust contemplating at the end of "A Street"?

2. What does Mephistopheles promise Gretchen at the end of "The Neighbor's House"?

3. What does Martha believe about her abusive husband?

4. After their pact is signed, what doubts does Faust voice to Mephistopheles?

5. Where does the poodle transform into Mephistopheles?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Faust and Wagner's relationship.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss God and Mephistopheles in the following format:

Part 1) Their similarities and differences.

Part 2) Their relationship and how it affects the world.

Part 3) Their differing opinions on the human race.

Part 4) Their relationships with their followers.

Part 5) Their methods of balancing each others' influence and power.

Part 6) The subversion of good versus evil.

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