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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 the author profess sadness over in "Dedication"?

2. What does Faust admit to Mephistopheles in the second "Faust's Study"?

3. What does God believe will happen if Mephistopheles meets Faust?

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

5. Where does the poodle transform into Mephistopheles?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How do Faust and Mephistopheles plan to get the girl for Faust at the end of "A Street"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of symbolism in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) The Easter celebration.

Part 2) The black poodle.

Part 3) The "crowning" of Mephistopheles in "A Witch's Kitchen."

Part 4) The jewels.

Part 5) Flowers.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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