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. According to the astrologer in Scene 2, what is the fairest star?

2. What event prompts Anaxagoras to believe he won the philosophical debate in Scene 3 of Act II?

3. Who was an earlier student of Faust that now works as his assistant?

4. What ailment of the Brunette does Mephistopheles cure in Scene 6 of Act I?

5. What form does the homunculus decide to take at the end of Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a homunculus and how is it made?

2. What does the Boy-charioteer typify?

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

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

5. How does Mephistopheles become the new fool to the emperor?

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

7. Why does Mephistopheles have a hard time fitting in on ancient classical soil?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Deception as a means to get gain is a theme throughout Faust. Discuss three different instances where deception is achieved through the use of disguise. Based on these accounts of deception, what commentary is Faust making about the use of deception in society?

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

Discuss the importance of setting within Faust. Make sure to discuss at least three different settings and how the descriptions of those settings are integral in the development of themes and characters.

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