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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 Mephistopheles proclaim to be Gretchen's fate at the end of the play?

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

3. How does Gretchen feel about Barbara?

4. What is Gretchen's secret?

5. What promise does Mephistopheles extract from Faust before taking him to meet Gretchen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

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

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

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

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

6. What is Walpurgis Night?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

What significance does the Easter holiday play in "Faust"? How do the hymnals affect the titular character and why? What are some connotations associated with Easter that can be applied, literally or ironically, to "Faust"? How does the Easter celebration reveal Faust's deep insecurities and regrets in life? Discuss these ideas in an essay (do not limit yourself to simply answering these questions). Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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