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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. Why was Gretchen forced to raise her now-deceased sister and take care of the house when she was younger?

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

3. What about Faust concerns Gretchen the most?

4. In the final scene, "A Prison," where does Gretchen want Faust to go?

5. To whom does Mephistopheles try to compare Faust's vision of Gretchen in "Walpurgis Night"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why must Faust lie to Martha about her husband?

2. What is Walpurgis Night?

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

4. Why does Gretchen refuse to escape from prison with Faust?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What is a "faustian bargain"? How is this used in everyday language? How does it relate to "Faust?" What is significant about the fact that this term has entered the vernacular in regards to the importance of the play itself on society? What does this suggest about not only Goethe's intent in writing this play, but about the character of Faust and his situation?

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