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 Gretchen believe is on Faust's hand when she tries to hold it in her cell?

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

3. What can Mephistopheles not do for Gretchen in "A Gloomy Day?"

4. According to Lieschen, how did Barbara spend her evenings and nights?

5. What does Martha warn Mephistopheles about while Gretchen and Faust speak?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Gretchen is prison?

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

5. Why does Gretchen refuse to escape from prison with Faust?

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

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

8. Describe Faust's vision of Gretchen.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is meta-theater? How is meta-theater used in "Faust"? Describe the scene or scenes in which this concept is present and how it affects the characters. What purpose does it serve, and how does it frame the rest of the play? Does it alter the mood of the play at all? If so, how? How do these moments of meta-theater change the readers perceptions of the play?

Essay Topic 2

How does Faust fit the definition of a tragic hero? What is his hamartia? How do his actions cause the tragedies of this play. Discuss these questions (though not exclusively) in the form of an essay. Compose a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers. Be sure to define the terms "tragic hero" and "hamartia," as well as discuss how Faust also subverts the trope of a tragic hero.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of Gretchen in the following format:

Part 1) Innocence versus corruption.

Part 2) Her self esteem and the opinions of others.

Part 3) Temptation and empathy.

Part 4) The role of the woman to bring honor to the family.

Part 5) Her downfall and tragedy.

Part 6) Redemption.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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