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. What does Gretchen believe will happen when she and Faust are separated in "A Garden?"

2. What is Faust awed by, according to the beginning of "A Forest Cavern"?

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

4. During "A Forest Cavern," who is Faust addressing in the beginning?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Gretchen unable to recognize Faust when he comes to her in prison?

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

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

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

7. What happens to Gretchen at the end of "A Cathedral"?

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

9. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

10. What torments Gretchen at the cathedral and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of irony in "Faust." Define the term and use several passages from the text to illustrate these ideas. Suggestions of examples from the text include the following: Faust's first encounter with Mephistopheles falling on Easter, Faust's choice of pursuing Gretchen, Valentine's name, and the notion that Mephistopheles recognizes the greed and hypocrisy of the church. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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