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

2. What does Faust see around Gretchen's neck in his vision of her in "Walpurgis Night"?

3. What must Faust promise in order to get Gretchen to accept and use the item he gives her in "Martha's Garden"?

4. Why does Gretchen say she no longer has in "A Prison"?

5. Which Biblical character is apparently present on Walpurgis Night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What comprises Valentine's final moments alive?

8. After meeting Faust, how does Gretchen admit to feeling about him during "Gretchen's Room"?

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

10. During "Martha's Garden," what does Gretchen admit to worrying about in regards to Mephistopheles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What roles do women play in the society of this play? Why is it significant that the town and Valentine held Gretchen's worth so high but immediately tore her down because of her pregnancy? How is the unseen-character of Barbara related to this fact? How does Faust, despite his professed love of Gretchen, also reduce her character down to what he wants her to be? How does Martha and her role as an abused wife suggest the esteem in which women are held? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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