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 is specifically told to remain behind in his study rather than travel with the homunculus to Walpurgis Night?

2. Which famous figure did Chiron tutor?

3. What shape does Proteus take to transport the homunculus into the ocean on his back?

4. What is the setting of Scene 7 in Act I?

5. What does Mephistopheles introduce himself as to the Sphinxes and sirens?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Goethe relies heavily on classical myths and legends that are already established to point out a certain truth or moral. Identify at least two classical myths incorporated by Goethe into his work and discuss how he utilized these to strengthen his only establishment of an overarching moral.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What relationship between the classical and the modern does Goethe portray when he shifts from utilizing formal elements of Greek tragedy in his writing style of Act 2 and 3 and then utilizes more modern literary devices to describe the battle in Act 4. Using specific textual evidence discuss how Goethe draws attention to the juxtaposition of these two literary traditions.

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