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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 Faust believe about the townspeople he and Wagner walk with during their holiday celebration after his suicide attempt?

2. From where does the witch enter during "A Witch's Kitchen"?

3. Why does Gretchen wish to keep the jewelry Faust and Mephistopheles secretly leave for her?

4. For what are the archangels praising God in the beginning of the play?

5. Where does Mephistopheles leave the box of jewelry for Gretchen before he and Faust leave her room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Faust's crisis during "Night" and "Outside the Town Wall."

4. During the second scene called "Faust's Study," what does Faust admit to Mephistopheles?

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

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

7. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

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

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

10. Why does the black poodle disturb Faust?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write a brief essay about "Faust" as both a comedy and a tragedy in the following format:

Part 1) Definitions of comedy and tragedy.

Part 2) The tragic element of "Faust."

Part 3) The characterizations of "Faust."

Part 4) The comedic scenes.

Part 5) The satire and parodies found in "Faust."

Be sure to end the essay with a reiteration of your own conclusions on this question, and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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