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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 suggestion does Mephistopheles give Gretchen in "The Neighbor's House" in regards to marriage?

2. How does Mephistopheles feel about mankind?

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

4. Who wrote the section "Dedication"?

5. Who is stirring the witch's cauldron in "A Witch's Kitchen?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does the black poodle disturb Faust?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do characters in "Faust" use manipulation to their own advantage? How does Mephistopheles manage to manipulate every human he comes into contact with and why? How does Faust himself manipulate Gretchen? What are the consequences of these manipulations? Why is it significant that Faust is unable to admit to himself that he has manipulated Gretchen, while Mephistopheles rarely hides his intentions? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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