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. For what reasons does Gretchen want Faust to go to a particular location in "A Prison"?

2. What does Mephistopheles proclaim to be Gretchen's fate at the end of the play?

3. What does Faust discover from Gretchen when he tries to help her escape from prison?

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

5. Who is Valentine?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Valentine react to Gretchen's plight, as well as the presence of Faust?

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

3. What torments Gretchen at the cathedral and why?

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

5. Describe Faust's vision of Gretchen.

6. What is Walpurgis Night?

7. Describe the enormity of Gretchen's sorrows.

8. What is the purpose of the potion?

9. What agreement does Faust and Mephistopheles come to when the former discovers that Gretchen had been pregnant and is now in prison and why?

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

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

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

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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