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 are the names of the two philosophers that the homunculus comes upon in Scene 3 of Act II?

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

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

4. What is the setting of Scene 4 in Act I?

5. Why is Wagner successful in creating the homunculus in Scene II of 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. What is symbolic about Faust's unconsciousness in the beginning of Act II?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Faust seeking Helen in Act II?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Goethe's writing style? Discuss both the mechanical aspect of his writing and his "voice" throughout the novel. Make sure and discuss what literary tools and devices he relies on most and what specific parts of the text reflect his voice?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout Faust, Goethe uses imagery as a metaphor for the plot and character development. Give three specific examples of these metaphors and how they relate specific actions in the plot and/or character development. Discuss why or why not they are effective as literary tools augmenting the general action.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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