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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 God believe will happen if Mephistopheles meets Faust?

2. What is Faust's reaction to the chorus of spirits in the first scene called "Faust's Study?"

3. With what does Faust sign his agreement with Mephistopheles?

4. What does Wagner mistakenly believe about the noises he hears from Faust in "Night"?

5. How does the girl first react to Faust when she meets him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

3. What does Martha suggest Gretchen do with the second box of jewelry in "The Neighbor's House"?

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

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

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

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

8. Why is the witch in a bad mood when she finally appears to Faust and Mephistopheles?

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

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

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

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.

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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