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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. To which author do the characters in the chapter "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" belong?

2. Which of the following is not a character in "A Walpurgis Night's Dream"?

3. What purpose does Gretchen's song serve in prison?

4. Who is singing in the church?

5. What does Mephistopheles agree to do if Faust frees Gretchen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Faust fear in regards to his relationship with Gretchen about Mephistopheles?

2. What agreement does Faust and Mephistopheles come to when the former discovers that Gretchen had been pregnant and is now in prison and why?

3. Describe Martha and Mephistopheles's interactions in "A Garden."

4. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

5. What visions do Faust and Mephistopheles claim to have to their dancing partners?

6. During "Martha's Garden," what does Gretchen admit to worrying about in regards to Mephistopheles?

7. Why does Mephistopheles keep trying to subvert Faust from examining his vision of Gretchen?

8. Discuss the significance of Gretchen fearing Mephistopheles at the end of the play.

9. What is "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" and what purpose does it serve?

10. Describe Faust's vision of Gretchen.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Goethe use "Faust" to critique society? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) People's relationship with God.

Part 2) God and Mephistopheles.

Part 3) The role of the church.

Part 4) The town's rejection of Gretchen.

Part 5) "A Walpurgis Night's Dream."

Develop a clear thesis and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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