(All line numbers are for the Signet edition.)
Study Questions over Doctor Faustus
21. What causes the Good Angel and the Bad Angel to appear early in this act?
22. What does Faustus identify as his God? (II.i.12)
23. What quality of Faustus is apparent in II.i.26?
24. Why does Mephistophilis say Lucifer wants Faustus’s soul? (II.i.40-43)
25. What hinders the signing of the contract? (II.i.63)
26. What two Latin sentences does Faustus utter when the pact is sealed? (II i.75-82) Their meanings? Their significance?
27. What are the terms of the contract? (II.i.95-116)
28. What is Faustus’s first question and how does Mephistophilis answer?
29. Is Faustus persuaded by Mephistophilis assurance? (II.i.135-45)
30. Why won’t Mephistophilis provide Faustus a wife?
31. What does Mephistophilis offer Faustus instead of a wife? How does this enticement reveal the Renaissance spirit? (II.i.154-67)
32. What sight tempts Faustus to repent? (II.ii.1-3)
33. What movement is reflected in Mephistophilis’s response? (II.ii.4-9)
34. What is the issue that brings the Good and Bad Angels at this point?
35. Why can’t Faustus repent? (II.ii.18)
36. What recalls Faustus from despair and thoughts of suicide? What movement is reflected? (II.ii.20-35)
37. Mephistophilis answers questions about the universe, but not who made it. Why not? (II.ii.70-80)
38. What brings the Angels this time? (II.ii.85)
39. What threat does the Bad Angel make if Faustus repents? (II.ii.87)
40. When Faustus cries out to Jesus, who appears and what does Lucifer tell Faustus? (II.ii.91)
41. Compare II.i.160 and II.ii.93. What is the implication?
42. What “sight” does Faustus refer to in II.ii.112-13 and II.ii.178?
43. Why does Faustus want to “see hell and return again safe”? What movement is reflected? (II.ii.180)
44. What does Lucifer give Faustus to pacify him? (II.ii.183) Are you beginning to see a pattern?
45. What is the function of scene II.iii?
61. Why does Wagner suspect that Faustus’s death is near? What puzzles him then? (V.i.1-10)
62. Whom do the Scholars want Faustus to produce? What is their reaction? (V.i.13, 28-35)
63. Describe the conflict between mercy and despair in Faustus’s encounter with the Old Man. (V.i)
64. What threat prevents Faustus’s repentance at this crucial time? (V.i.73)
65. When Faustus tells Mephistophilis to torment the old man, what prevents Mephistophilis from obeying? (V.i.84-86)
66. What is Faustus’s last request of Mephistophilis? (V.i.89-115)
67. What is the significance of Faustus’s taking Helen as a lover?
68. How has Faustus’s attitude changed by scene V.ii?
69. What does Faustus say has prevented his confessing earlier and asking for prayers? (V.ii.74-77)
70. What assurance does Mephistophilis give Faustus in V.ii.94-105?
71. Why must the Good Angel leave Faustus now? (V.ii.106-120)
72. How has Faustus’s concept of hell changed now? (V.ii.123-35)
73. What escapes does Faustus plead for between 11:00 and midnight? (V. ii.140 ff.)
74. What is the significance of Faustus’s offer to burn his books? (V.ii.197)
75. We can only guess the fate of Faustus’s soul. What about his body? (V.iii.6-7, 17-19)
76. Explain the Chorus’s commentary, V.iii +.
77. What major movement of the 16th century is confirmed by the play?