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 has replaced Faust in his position at the University in Act II?

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

3. What does Wagner believe the sound of the bell accompanying Mephistopheles in Act II signals?

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

5. Where does Faust meet Mephistopheles in Scene 5 of Act I?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Baccalaureus'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. Why is Mephistopheles upset that Faust tells the emperor he can conjure the spirits of Helen and Paris?

6. Describe the pleasing landscape that Faust finds himself in at the beginning of this work (Act I).

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A recurrent theme in Faust is that of power, and how characters desire or gain power. Compare and contrast the pursuit of power as exhibited by two different characters and how it either shifts throughout the novel or remains the same.

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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