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. Which group of people does Baccalaureus feel should be shot?

2. What is the state of Faust at the end of Act I?

3. Which mythical group suggests that Faust seek out Chiron?

4. Who is the queen of the dead as featured in Act II?

5. Who must Faust go to, in order to conjure Helen and Paris?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Faust Part II would have been more accessible to the reader of the day, Goethe does still set forth some themes that are pertinent to today's society. Select at least on main theme discussed in Faust and show how it is an apt metaphor for contemporary society today.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is Goethe's writing style? Discuss both the mechanical aspect of his writing and his "voice" throughout the novel. Make sure and discuss what literary tools and devices he relies on most and what specific parts of the text reflect his voice?

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