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 does the Emperor ask to see in the beginning of Scene 2 of Act I?

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

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

4. How has Mephistopheles paid people in the empire in Act I?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are the Mothers that Faust visits in Scene 5?

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

7. Why is Faust seeking Helen in Act II?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Faust a lot of focus is given to the issues of good versus evil and beautiful versus ugly. Using specific characters and situations discuss how Goethe highlights this dichotomy and specifically how the idea of beautiful versus ugly relates to good versus evil.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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