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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. Ultimately, in "Prelude on the Stage," what does the director decide to do with their play?

2. In regards to their bargain, what does Faust make Mephistopheles agree to before signing the pledge?

3. What does the poet believe the director is doing to him in "Prelude on the Stage"?

4. What effects are had on the men in the tavern due to Mephistopheles's presence?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Faust and Wagner's relationship.

4. What primary function does the clown serve during "Prelude on the Stage"?

5. What concerns does Faust have in regards to his bargain with the devil?

6. What does Mephistopheles suggest to Gretchen about marriage and why?

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

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

9. Describe the bargain between Faust and Mephistopheles.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is meta-theater? How is meta-theater used in "Faust"? Describe the scene or scenes in which this concept is present and how it affects the characters. What purpose does it serve, and how does it frame the rest of the play? Does it alter the mood of the play at all? If so, how? How do these moments of meta-theater change the readers perceptions of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Faust in the following format:

Part 1) His crisis of faith and depression.

Part 2) His personality.

Part 3) His relationship with God and Mephistopheles.

Part 4) His use of manipulation in love.

Part 5) His feelings of guilt in regards to both Gretchen and his bargain with the devil.

Develop a clear thesis statement about Faust and be sure to discuss the changes Faust undergoes in each category. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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