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. From what play are many of the characters in "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" drawn?

2. Along with the death of Valentine, what else is tormenting Gretchen?

3. What is the occupation of Gretchen's brother?

4. What does Faust see around Gretchen's neck in his vision of her in "Walpurgis Night"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

2. What does Faust ask of Gretchen during "Martha's Garden" and how does she (and Mephistopheles) react to this?

3. What is Walpurgis Night?

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

5. Describe some of the characters in the chapter "Walpurgis Night."

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Part 1) The Easter celebration.

Part 2) The black poodle.

Part 3) The "crowning" of Mephistopheles in "A Witch's Kitchen."

Part 4) The jewels.

Part 5) Flowers.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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

Discuss the theme of temptation in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) Mephistopheles's conversation with God.

Part 2) Faust's bargain.

Part 3) The courtship of Gretchen.

Part 4) The consequences of giving into temptation.

Part 5) The decadent lifestyle of Faust and Mephistopheles.

Part 6) Gretchen's redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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