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

3. What instrument accompanies the gardeners in Scene 3 of Act I?

4. What does Mephistopheles give Faust to help him on his journey to conjure Helen and Paris?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the homunculus say that Faust is dreaming of in Scene 2 of Act II?

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

7. How does the archbishop convince the emperor to give power to the church at the end of Act IV?

8. For what reasons has the emperor's kingdom begun to collapse in Act IV?

9. What part of Philemon's description of Faust's efforts to the traveler is ominous?

10. What is Faust angry with Mephistopheles in Scene 3 of Act V?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Faust, Part II Mephistopheles serves as an archetypal Devil character. Using specific example from the text identify how Goethe connotes the Devil archetype. Is it an effective connotation. Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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