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. What are Gretchen and Faust doing during "A Summerhouse"?

2. What does Faust attempt to bring Gretchen during "The Street Outside Gretchen's Door"?

3. What can Mephistopheles not do for Gretchen in "A Gloomy Day?"

4. Why does Mephistopheles not disguise himself amidst the witches on the mountain?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the potion?

2. Why is Gretchen is prison?

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

4. What happens to Gretchen at the end of "A Cathedral"?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the enormity of Gretchen's sorrows.

10. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Goethe use "Faust" to critique society? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) People's relationship with God.

Part 2) God and Mephistopheles.

Part 3) The role of the church.

Part 4) The town's rejection of Gretchen.

Part 5) "A Walpurgis Night's Dream."

Develop a clear thesis and 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

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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