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. While dancing with the young one in "Walpurgis Night," what vision does Faust claim to have had?

2. What is the Huckster-Witch attempting to do during "Walpurgis Night"?

3. What is the purpose of the item Faust gives Gretchen at the end of "Martha's Garden"?

4. During "A Forest Cavern," who is Faust addressing in the beginning?

5. Why does Mephistopheles come to Gretchen's cell at the end of the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Gretchen is prison?

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

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

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

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

8. What comprises Valentine's final moments alive?

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

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

What purposes do the scenes entitled "Walpurgis Night" and "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" serve in this play? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) Allusions to Greek mythology, the Bible, and other works of literature.

Part 2) Faust's uneasiness at the celebration.

Part 3) The vision of Gretchen in relation to the purpose of Walpurgis Night.

Part 4) Mephistopheles's reactions to being amongst his people.

Part 5) The absurdities of the humans.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

What roles do women play in the society of this play? Why is it significant that the town and Valentine held Gretchen's worth so high but immediately tore her down because of her pregnancy? How is the unseen-character of Barbara related to this fact? How does Faust, despite his professed love of Gretchen, also reduce her character down to what he wants her to be? How does Martha and her role as an abused wife suggest the esteem in which women are held? 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.

(see the answer keys)

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