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

2. What is Faust's method of suicide when he contemplates ending his life?

3. Who does Faust initially believe Mephistopheles to be?

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

5. To what town does Mephistopheles bring Faust at the end of the second "Faust's Study" scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

3. Describe the seduction of Gretchen up until the end of "A Forest Cavern."

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

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

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

7. Why does Gretchen refuse to escape from prison with Faust?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of temptation in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) Mephistopheles's conversation with God.

Part 2) Faust's bargain.

Part 3) The courtship of Gretchen.

Part 4) The consequences of giving into temptation.

Part 5) The decadent lifestyle of Faust and Mephistopheles.

Part 6) Gretchen's redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is a "faustian bargain"? How is this used in everyday language? How does it relate to "Faust?" What is significant about the fact that this term has entered the vernacular in regards to the importance of the play itself on society? What does this suggest about not only Goethe's intent in writing this play, but about the character of Faust and his situation?

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