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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 two "orders" support the throne, according to the Chancellor in Scene 2 of Act I?

2. Who sings a song of rejuvenation to Faust?

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

4. Who is the first mind that is read by the homunculus?

5. According to Faust's dream, who is the mother of Helen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Famulus's attitude towards learning and academic achievement.

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

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

4. Why does the homunculus take on the form of water at the end of Act II?

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

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

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

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

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

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 the novel Faust's views of his purpose and striving change drastically; however, Mephistopheles views of his purpose remain somewhat the same. Discuss the dichotomy of how these view differ and how they reflect upon the character that holds them.

Essay Topic 2

One of the strongest literary tools employed by Goethe in Faust is the use of foreshadowing. Give examples of where Goethe has employed foreshadowing and discuss in detail how this use of foreshadowing furthered the plot, developed character, or strengthened a theme.

Essay Topic 3

In Faust Part II, Faust passes through the world of politics and the world of the classical gods, meeting with success in taming the very forces of war and nature and yet he is still unsatisfied, what commentary is Goethe making about human nature with these theme? Use specific textual examples to establish any moral Goethe may be setting forth.

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