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. Who torments Gretchen while she is in church?

2. How does Valentine currently feel about Gretchen?

3. Why must Faust cling to the rocks on the mountain?

4. Who is singing in the church?

5. What does Gretchen initially believe about Faust when he comes into her cell?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What visions do Faust and Mephistopheles claim to have to their dancing partners?

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

4. What comprises Valentine's final moments alive?

5. What is the purpose of the potion?

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

7. Describe some of the characters in the chapter "Walpurgis Night."

8. What purpose does "At the Well" serve in terms of story and character?

9. What is Walpurgis Night?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Gretchen in the following format:

Part 1) Innocence versus corruption.

Part 2) Her self esteem and the opinions of others.

Part 3) Temptation and empathy.

Part 4) The role of the woman to bring honor to the family.

Part 5) Her downfall and tragedy.

Part 6) Redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of irony in "Faust." Define the term and use several passages from the text to illustrate these ideas. Suggestions of examples from the text include the following: Faust's first encounter with Mephistopheles falling on Easter, Faust's choice of pursuing Gretchen, Valentine's name, and the notion that Mephistopheles recognizes the greed and hypocrisy of the church. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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