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

2. According to Musaget, what is easier to "govern than the Muses"?

3. How does "A Cathedral" end?

4. Who is Valentine?

5. Who criticizes the dancing on the mountain?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Gretchen is prison?

3. What does Faust admit to being jealous of and why?

4. Describe the enormity of Gretchen's sorrows.

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

6. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

7. What torments Gretchen at the cathedral and why?

8. What leads up to Faust pledging his love to Gretchen?

9. What is Walpurgis Night?

10. Describe Faust's vision of Gretchen.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What purposes do the scenes entitled "Walpurgis Night" and "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" serve in this play? Discuss this in the following format:

Part 1) Allusions to Greek mythology, the Bible, and other works of literature.

Part 2) Faust's uneasiness at the celebration.

Part 3) The vision of Gretchen in relation to the purpose of Walpurgis Night.

Part 4) Mephistopheles's reactions to being amongst his people.

Part 5) The absurdities of the humans.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

What is a "faustian bargain"? How is this used in everyday language? How does it relate to "Faust?" What is significant about the fact that this term has entered the vernacular in regards to the importance of the play itself on society? What does this suggest about not only Goethe's intent in writing this play, but about the character of Faust and his situation?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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