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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 is the name of the daughter of Nereus, who is expected to return to the sea in Act II?

2. How does the homunculus appear in the beginning of Scene 3 of Act II?

3. Who does the Emperor ask to see in the beginning of Scene 2 of Act I?

4. Which is not a name of the graces mentioned in Scene 3 of Act I?

5. What does Mephistopheles cure the blonde woman of in Scene 6 of Act I?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Faust seeking Helen in Act II?

2. What does the Chancellor say about the judge "who cannot punish crime" in Scene 2?

3. What does the Boy-charioteer typify?

4. What does the homunculus say that Faust is dreaming of in Scene 2 of Act II?

5. What is the primary focus and pursuit of the emperor?

6. What advice does Mephistopheles give to the young page who is having trouble attracting women in Act I?

7. What is symbolic about Faust's unconsciousness in the beginning of Act II?

8. In the philosophical debate featured in Scene 3 of Act II, what does Thales believe is the origin and basis of nature and matter?

9. Explain the circumstances at the end of Scene 7 of Act I, that lead to Faust being found unconscious on the floor.

10. What are the Mothers that Faust visits in Scene 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Faust Part II there are several journeys made by different characters. Discuss at least two specific journeys and how they could be viewed as extended metaphors for character development of the characters who undertake these journeys.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how the Christian conception of good and evil is contrasted with the conception of good and evil as held by the Greeks in the novel. Use specific textual examples to illustrate the different stances and beliefs of these two paradigms.

Essay Topic 3

One theme that is accentuated by Goethe throughout Faust, but particularly in the masquerade carnival of Act I, is that of the establishment of social classes and the stereotypes that exist within them. Discuss at least three instances where this theme is displayed and comment on what societal commentary Goethe may be making by using this theme.

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