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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What purpose does "A Walpurgis's Night Dream" serve in this play?

2. What scene is being presented in "A Walpurgis Night's Dream"?

3. In musical terms, what is the scene "A Walpurgis's Night Dream" called in the text?

4. What is Faust unable to convince Gretchen to do in "A Prison"?

5. Of what is Faust irrationally jealous in regards to its proximity to Gretchen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 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.

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