Doctor Faustus Discussion Assignment Help
Questions on Doctor Faustus
1. Provide a brief plot summary of the play.
2. Who is Lucifer?
3. Who is Mephastophilis?
4. When he first summons Mephastophilis, how does Faustus ask him to appear? Why?
5. When Faustus first tries to sign the pact with Lucifer, two things happen. Explain.
6. Describe hell.
7. What does Faustus do with his powers?
8. Describe Faustus (incl. physical, psychological, and emotional traits).
9. What does Mephastophilis refuse to tell Faustus? Why?
10. What trick does Faustus, while invisible, play on the pope
11. In Scene 5, what arguments do the Good Angel and the Bad Angel make when they appear to Faustus? Why will he not repent?
12. What bargain does Faustus try to arrange with God on his death bed?
13. Who is responsible for the downfall of Dr. Faustus?
14. Name a movie, TV show, or novel where you have seen a similar story play out.
15. Provide an example of dark humor in the play.
16. Name one theme in the play. Be specific.
17. Would you ever sell your soul to the devil? If so, why? If you would not, why?
18. In the early 1500s, the Catholic Church that governed much of Europe began to fracture, an event known as the Protestant Reformation. King Henry VIII of England ended up breaking from the Catholic Church not because of any personal religious conviction, but because he wanted to marry Anne Boleyn (Elizabeth I’s mother), and the Pope refused to allow him a divorce from his first wife. Henry created the Church of England; however, his daughter Mary I was a devout Catholic and became known as “Bloody Mary”.
19. Which is your favorite Deadly Sin? Why?
20. Many critics and scholars believe that Marlowe was an atheist. Even in time of great intellectual advancements, this was still a dangerous place to find oneself in.
Now think about the play. Name at least one place where Marlowe pokes fun or mocks religion.
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