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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Valentine?

2. For what does Gretchen ask permission when she is unable to recognize Faust in her cell?

3. What does Faust give Gretchen at the end of "Martha's Garden"?

4. Why does Gretchen choose this particular person to pray to during "By a Shrine Inside the Town Wall, Night"?

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

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 an essay about the character of Faust in the following format:

Part 1) His crisis of faith and depression.

Part 2) His personality.

Part 3) His relationship with God and Mephistopheles.

Part 4) His use of manipulation in love.

Part 5) His feelings of guilt in regards to both Gretchen and his bargain with the devil.

Develop a clear thesis statement about Faust and be sure to discuss the changes Faust undergoes in each category. 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.

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