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 does Phoebe's wheels symbolize in Act I, Scene 1?

2. Which is not a name of the graces mentioned in Scene 3 of Act I?

3. What is the setting in the beginning of Act II?

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

5. What are the female vampires called who Mephistopheles meets in Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Mephistopheles pays off the debts of the emperor with notes what is the response of the court?

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

3. What does the Boy-charioteer typify?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What relationship between the classical and the modern does Goethe portray when he shifts from utilizing formal elements of Greek tragedy in his writing style of Act 2 and 3 and then utilizes more modern literary devices to describe the battle in Act 4. Using specific textual evidence discuss how Goethe draws attention to the juxtaposition of these two literary traditions.

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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