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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. Which despicable and noxious creatures does Mephistopheles eventually find as the true embodiment of ugliness in Act II?

2. What is the setting in the beginning of Act II?

3. Which mythical group suggests that Faust seek out Chiron?

4. Why does Faust try to dispel Paris in Scene 7 of Act I?

5. What is the state of Faust at the end of Act I?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Boy-charioteer typify?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act II, the two students Famulus and Baccalaureus represent two different world views and academic ideologies. Using specific textual evidence and examples compare and contrast these two attitudes towards learning; be sure to describe which view Goethe advocates as being correct (through the use of Mephistopheles) and how this could be a reflection of an overarching message in Faust.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of setting within Faust. Make sure to discuss at least three different settings and how the descriptions of those settings are integral in the development of themes and characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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