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Doctor Faustus Teaching Unit
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- What questions or concerns would the play have raised for an Elizabethan audience interms of Dr. Faustus’ obvious rejection of popular religious beliefs? How would an Elizabethan audience view the play?
- What limits of power does Dr. Faustus discover in his quest for knowledge?
- What is the objective of Dr. Faustus when he first begins his study of black magic? Howare the objectives of Dr. Faustus achieved or changed throughout the play?
- Discuss how the theme of “selling one’s soul” is applicable today?
- Support Dr. Faustus as a morality play or a tragedy. Could it be a combination of the two?How?
- Explain the concept of Hell as illustrated in the play..
- Account for the sins of Dr. Faustus. What are they? What manifestations do those sins take?
- Discuss the role of religion in the play. . What comment does Marlowe seem to be making about the Catholic faith, and how would this have been received in an Elizabethan audience?
- Provide examples of the supernatural in the play. . Why are they included?
- Explain the purpose of the Clown and Robin in the play. How do they contrast Faustus?
- Cite lines from the play that either support or refute the notion that Dr. Faustus is an Aristotelian tragic hero.
- Cite examples in the play that support the thematic statement: Man faces a constant internal struggle as he tries to live a moral life.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.