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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Faust see around Gretchen's neck in his vision of her in "Walpurgis Night"?

2. What does Mephistopheles mock to Faust after Gretchen leaves in "Martha's Garden?"

3. What is Faust awed by, according to the beginning of "A Forest Cavern"?

4. What reason does Martha cite for not inviting Mephistopheles to stay longer with her at the end of "A Garden"?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a brief essay about "Faust" as both a comedy and a tragedy in the following format:

Part 1) Definitions of comedy and tragedy.

Part 2) The tragic element of "Faust."

Part 3) The characterizations of "Faust."

Part 4) The comedic scenes.

Part 5) The satire and parodies found in "Faust."

Be sure to end the essay with a reiteration of your own conclusions on this question, and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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

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.

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