Faust. Part Two Test | Mid-Book 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 is the name of the prophetess that Chiron takes Faust to in Act II?

2. What must Faust descend through to read the location given by the prophetess in Act II?

3. What does Mephistopheles introduce himself as to the Sphinxes and sirens?

4. What holiday is the court preparing to celebrate in Act I?

5. Why is Wagner successful in creating the homunculus in Scene II of Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Mephistopheles unable to see into Faust's dreams?

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

3. Why is Mephistopheles upset that Faust tells the emperor he can conjure the spirits of Helen and Paris?

4. What is the subject of the prologue of Scene 3 by the Thessalonian witch, Erichto?

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

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

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

8. Describe the appearance of the emperor during his entrance to the Carnival Masquerade.

9. What dichotomy is alluded to between the court of the emperor and the people of the kingdom in Scene 2?

10. Describe Baccalaureus's attitude towards learning and academic achievement.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout Faust Part II, Goethe employs differing use of meter and rhyme structure as formal elements of the novel. Identify at least two separate meters and rhyme structures used and discuss why Goethe shifted from one to the other in the novel.

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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