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

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

3. How does "A Cathedral" end?

4. Which of the following is not a character in "A Walpurgis Night's Dream"?

5. What purpose does Gretchen's song serve in prison?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Gretchen is prison?

2. Describe Martha and Mephistopheles's interactions in "A Garden."

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

9. What comprises Valentine's final moments alive?

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

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 2

Write a brief essay about the role of Faust as an "everyman." Develop a clear thesis statement, as well as a definition for the term "everyman." Apply the definition to Faust by using strong examples from the text. Explain how Faust's role as an everyman allows accessibility for the reader to identify and sympathize with the titular character, as well as reconciling this status with his more questionable actions.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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