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. When Faust has a vision of Gretchen on the night of the Walpurgis celebration, what does he see on her feet?

2. For what does Gretchen ask permission when she is unable to recognize Faust in her cell?

3. What does Gretchen believe about Mephistopheles?

4. Who is Barbara?

5. How does Gretchen admit to feeling when Faust is not around?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Walpurgis Night?

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

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

5. Describe Martha and Mephistopheles's interactions in "A Garden."

6. Describe the enormity of Gretchen's sorrows.

7. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

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

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

10. Who is Barbara, and why is she being discussed by Gretchen and Lieschen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write a brief essay about the role of Faust as an "everyman." Develop a clear thesis statement, as well as a definition for the term "everyman." Apply the definition to Faust by using strong examples from the text. Explain how Faust's role as an everyman allows accessibility for the reader to identify and sympathize with the titular character, as well as reconciling this status with his more questionable actions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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