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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. Which of the following is not a character in "A Walpurgis Night's Dream"?

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

3. Who torments Gretchen while she is in church?

4. Who criticizes the dancing on the mountain?

5. How does Gretchen feel about Barbara?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Gretchen is prison?

3. Why does Mephistopheles keep trying to subvert Faust from examining his vision of Gretchen?

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

5. What does Faust ask of Gretchen during "Martha's Garden" and how does she (and Mephistopheles) react to this?

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

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

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

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

10. What is "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" and what purpose does it serve?

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

How does Faust fit the definition of a tragic hero? What is his hamartia? How do his actions cause the tragedies of this play. Discuss these questions (though not exclusively) in the form of an essay. Compose a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Be sure to define the terms "tragic hero" and "hamartia," as well as discuss how Faust also subverts the trope of a tragic hero.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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