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. In "Open Country, Night," where do the witches perform their ritual?

2. What does Mephistopheles warn Faust about in regards to his affections for Gretchen?

3. What does Gretchen initially believe about Faust when he comes into her cell?

4. According to Musaget, what is easier to "govern than the Muses"?

5. What is the song about in "A Cathedral"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What comprises Valentine's final moments alive?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the enormity of Gretchen's sorrows.

8. Describe Faust's vision of Gretchen.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss God and Mephistopheles in the following format:

Part 1) Their similarities and differences.

Part 2) Their relationship and how it affects the world.

Part 3) Their differing opinions on the human race.

Part 4) Their relationships with their followers.

Part 5) Their methods of balancing each others' influence and power.

Part 6) The subversion of good versus evil.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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