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. While being tormented in "A Cathedral," what does Gretchen imagine happening?

2. Who is Valentine?

3. From what play are many of the characters in "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" drawn?

4. What is Martha attempting to do with Mephistopheles in "A Garden"?

5. While dancing with the young one in "Walpurgis Night," what vision does Faust claim to have had?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Gretchen unable to recognize Faust when he comes to her in prison?

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

3. Who is Barbara, and why is she being discussed by Gretchen and Lieschen?

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

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

6. What comprises Valentine's final moments alive?

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

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

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

10. What is Walpurgis Night?

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 significant about the character of Mephistopheles being portrayed as charming and charismatic? How does this affect the balance of good versus evil, as well as the relationship between God and the devil? How do people react to Mephistopheles, particularly Faust and Gretchen? What is important about Martha's attempted seduction of Mephistopheles? How does this relate to his overall disdain of the human race? What does this suggest about his role in the world? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

In a brief essay, discuss the roles of magic and witchcraft in "Faust." Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Points that should be considered in this essay include (but not exclusively) the following: Faust's dabbling with magic, "A Witch's Kitchen," the celebration of Walpurgis Night, and Mephistopheles. Be sure to consider the symbolism behind these sections, as well as how magic and witchcraft help develop certain characters and themes within the play.

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