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 "A Garden," what does Gretchen admit to being surprised about?

2. What promise does Mephistopheles extract from Faust before taking him to meet Gretchen?

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

4. Initially, what is the only thing Gretchen recognizes as Faust when he is in her prison cell?

5. What is Gretchen attending during "A Cathedral"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Faust fear in regards to his relationship with Gretchen about Mephistopheles?

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

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

4. Who is Barbara, and why is she being discussed by Gretchen and Lieschen?

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

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

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

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

9. What is "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" and what purpose does it serve?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is meta-theater? How is meta-theater used in "Faust"? Describe the scene or scenes in which this concept is present and how it affects the characters. What purpose does it serve, and how does it frame the rest of the play? Does it alter the mood of the play at all? If so, how? How do these moments of meta-theater change the readers perceptions of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of symbolism in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) The Easter celebration.

Part 2) The black poodle.

Part 3) The "crowning" of Mephistopheles in "A Witch's Kitchen."

Part 4) The jewels.

Part 5) Flowers.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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