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. How is most of "A Walpurgis's Night Dream" presented?

2. What does Mephistopheles admit to Faust will happen when he (Faust) sleeps with Gretchen?

3. Why does Gretchen say she no longer has in "A Prison"?

4. What does Mephistopheles mock to Faust after Gretchen leaves in "Martha's Garden?"

5. Initially, what is the only thing Gretchen recognizes as Faust when he is in her prison cell?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

3. Why is Gretchen is prison?

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

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

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

7. What does Faust admit to being jealous of and why?

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

9. What purpose does "At the Well" serve in terms of story and character?

10. Describe the seduction of Gretchen up until the end of "A Forest Cavern."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What significance does the Easter holiday play in "Faust"? How do the hymnals affect the titular character and why? What are some connotations associated with Easter that can be applied, literally or ironically, to "Faust"? How does the Easter celebration reveal Faust's deep insecurities and regrets in life? Discuss these ideas in an essay (do not limit yourself to simply answering these questions). Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What is significant about the character of Mephistopheles being portrayed as charming and charismatic? How does this affect the balance of good versus evil, as well as the relationship between God and the devil? How do people react to Mephistopheles, particularly Faust and Gretchen? What is important about Martha's attempted seduction of Mephistopheles? How does this relate to his overall disdain of the human race? What does this suggest about his role in the world? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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