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. Who becomes the fool for the emperor in Scene 2 of Act I?

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

3. Which figure guides the living Colossus in Scene 3 of Act I?

4. What is the opinion of the women of the court of Paris?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the Boy-charioteer typify?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Selecting at least two formal elements of the novel, write an essay about how Goethe employs literary devices to enhance the moral of Faust Part II. Make sure and use specific textual examples to illustrate how these devices function.

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

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.

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