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

2. Who gives the prologue to Scene 3 in Act II?

3. In what setting does Faust seek sleep in Act I?

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

5. What reason does the homunculus tell Mephistopheles, to encourage him to take Faust to the classical Walpurgis Night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What advice does Mephistopheles give to the young page who is having trouble attracting women in Act I?

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

7. What dichotomy is alluded to between the court of the emperor and the people of the kingdom in Scene 2?

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

9. What is symbolic about Faust's unconsciousness in the beginning of Act II?

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

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

Describe how the Christian conception of good and evil is contrasted with the conception of good and evil as held by the Greeks in the novel. Use specific textual examples to illustrate the different stances and beliefs of these two paradigms.

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