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. Who torments Gretchen while she is in church?

2. What does Mephistopheles warn Faust about in regards to his affections for Gretchen?

3. What does Mephistopheles admit to Faust will happen when he (Faust) sleeps with Gretchen?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What agreement does Faust and Mephistopheles come to when the former discovers that Gretchen had been pregnant and is now in prison and why?

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

7. What comprises Valentine's final moments alive?

8. What torments Gretchen at the cathedral and why?

9. What is the purpose of the potion?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) The debate between the director and the poet.

Part 2) God's belief that Mephistopheles's temptations will only bring people closer to Him.

Part 3) The crowning of Mephistopheles in relation to Gretchen's initial rudeness to Faust.

Part 4) The plights of Martha and Barbara.

Part 5) The tormenting of Gretchen in the cathedral.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the use of symbolism in "Faust" in the following format:

Part 1) The Easter celebration.

Part 2) The black poodle.

Part 3) The "crowning" of Mephistopheles in "A Witch's Kitchen."

Part 4) The jewels.

Part 5) Flowers.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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