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Doctor Faustus

Christopher Marlowe

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1. In the Prologue, who introduces the story of Doctor Faustus?

2. To which Greek mythological character is Faustus compared in the Prologue?

3. What fields of learning does Faustus consider before he turns to magic?

4. Which characters instruct Faustus in the dark arts?

5. When he first summons Mephastophilis, how does Faustus ask him to appear?

6. What is the name of the ruler of hell in Doctor Faustus?

7. How long does Faustus demand that Mephastophilis serve him?

8. What does Faustus offer in return for this service?

9. How does Faustus sign his compact with Lucifer?

10. What is the meaning of the words that appear on Faustus’s arm in Latin?

11. Who agrees, under duress, to become Wagner’s servant?

12. What does Mephastophilis refuse to tell Faustus?

13. Why does Mephastophilis refuse to answer this question?

14. Which city does Faustus visit extensively in scene 7?

15. What trick does Faustus, while invisible, play on the pope?

16. Which historical figure does Faustus conjure up for the emperor to see?

17. Which character is publicly skeptical of Faustus’s powers?

18. How does Faustus humiliate this skeptic?

19. Who tries to persuade Faustus to repent just before he reseals his pact with Lucifer?

20. What happens to the horse that Faustus sells to the horse-courser?

21. What does the horse-courser think he is removing from Faustus’s body after Faustus wakes?

22. What does Faustus fetch for the Duchess of Vanholt?

23. Where, according to Mephastophilis, is hell?

24. What famous beauty does Mephastophilis present to Faustus in scene 12?

25. What happens to Faustus at the end of the play?

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a personal view

by salesman5, September 13, 2013

I think we should not blame this ambitious man because everyone has a " Faustasian Approach " to some extent. some succeed to restrain their inner wishes while other, like Fuastus , do not .

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Discuss the character of Doctor Faustus.

by touhidsm, May 24, 2014

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Answer: Dr. Faustus, the main character of the story, is a professor of divinity at Wittenberg, as well as a renowned physician and scholar. Not satisfied with the limitations of human knowledge and power, he begins to practice necromancy. He eventually makes a deal with Lucifer (commonly referred to as the "Faustian bargain"), whereby he exchanges his soul for twenty-four years of the devil’s ... Read more

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Discuss Doctor Faustus as a man of Renaissance.

by touhidsm, May 27, 2014

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Answer: Faustus’s inexhaustible thirst for knowledge , his worship of beauty , his passion for the classics , his skepticism , his interest in sorcery and magic , his admiration of Machiavelli and super –human ambition and will in the pursuit of ideals of beauty or power, prove him to be a man of renaissance.

Faustus appears as a man of the Renaissance in the very opening scene when... Read more

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