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

2. How does "A Cathedral" end?

3. What does Gretchen do with the daisy she picks while walking with Faust?

4. What is Gretchen's secret?

5. In "Open Country, Night," where do the witches perform their ritual?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Walpurgis Night?

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Gretchen praying to the Virgin Mary?

8. What does Faust fear in regards to his relationship with Gretchen about Mephistopheles?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do characters in "Faust" use manipulation to their own advantage? How does Mephistopheles manage to manipulate every human he comes into contact with and why? How does Faust himself manipulate Gretchen? What are the consequences of these manipulations? Why is it significant that Faust is unable to admit to himself that he has manipulated Gretchen, while Mephistopheles rarely hides his intentions? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of irony in "Faust." Define the term and use several passages from the text to illustrate these ideas. Suggestions of examples from the text include the following: Faust's first encounter with Mephistopheles falling on Easter, Faust's choice of pursuing Gretchen, Valentine's name, and the notion that Mephistopheles recognizes the greed and hypocrisy of the church. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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