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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 warn Faust about in regards to his affections for Gretchen?
2. For what does Gretchen ask permission when she is unable to recognize Faust in her cell?
3. What does Mephistopheles admit to Faust will happen when he (Faust) sleeps with Gretchen?
4. In what language is the song heard during "A Cathedral"?
5. What does Gretchen believe will happen when she and Faust are separated in "A Garden?"
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Walpurgis Night?
2. After meeting Faust, how does Gretchen admit to feeling about him during "Gretchen's Room"?
3. What is "A Walpurgis Night's Dream" and what purpose does it serve?
4. Describe the seduction of Gretchen up until the end of "A Forest Cavern."
5. What is ironic about Mephistopheles's statement that Gretchen is doomed?
6. Discuss the significance of Gretchen fearing Mephistopheles at the end of the play.
7. Who is Barbara, and why is she being discussed by Gretchen and Lieschen?
8. Describe the enormity of Gretchen's sorrows.
9. Why is Gretchen unable to recognize Faust when he comes to her in prison?
10. What visions do Faust and Mephistopheles claim to have to their dancing partners?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How does Faust's innate skepticism of higher powers help lead to his downfall? How is this related to his agreement to Mephistopheles's bargain? In addition to his doubts about Mephistopheles's power, why does this lead Faust into a troubled relationship with God? How and why does Faust retain this skepticism throughout the play? What does this suggest about his character as a whole? Discuss these questions (though not exclusively) in a brief essay about Faust's skepticism while using strong examples from the text to support these arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss God and Mephistopheles in the following format:
Part 1) Their similarities and differences.
Part 2) Their relationship and how it affects the world.
Part 3) Their differing opinions on the human race.
Part 4) Their relationships with their followers.
Part 5) Their methods of balancing each others' influence and power.
Part 6) The subversion of good versus evil.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the theme of temptation in "Faust" in the following format:
Part 1) Mephistopheles's conversation with God.
Part 2) Faust's bargain.
Part 3) The courtship of Gretchen.
Part 4) The consequences of giving into temptation.
Part 5) The decadent lifestyle of Faust and Mephistopheles.
Part 6) Gretchen's redemption.
Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
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