Faust. First Part Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. While dancing with the young one in "Walpurgis Night," what vision does Faust claim to have had?

2. Which mountains do Faust and Mephistopheles travel to in "Walpurgis Night"?

3. Which Biblical character is apparently present on Walpurgis Night?

4. Who is singing in the church?

5. What does Gretchen finally admit to Faust before she leaves for home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is ironic about Mephistopheles's statement that Gretchen is doomed?

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

4. What is the purpose of the potion?

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

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

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

8. What leads up to Faust pledging his love to Gretchen?

9. After meeting Faust, how does Gretchen admit to feeling about him during "Gretchen's Room"?

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

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

Part 1) The debate between the director and the poet.

Part 2) God's belief that Mephistopheles's temptations will only bring people closer to Him.

Part 3) The crowning of Mephistopheles in relation to Gretchen's initial rudeness to Faust.

Part 4) The plights of Martha and Barbara.

Part 5) The tormenting of Gretchen in the cathedral.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of Gretchen in the following format:

Part 1) Innocence versus corruption.

Part 2) Her self esteem and the opinions of others.

Part 3) Temptation and empathy.

Part 4) The role of the woman to bring honor to the family.

Part 5) Her downfall and tragedy.

Part 6) Redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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