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'Doctor Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe; Brief-answer questions Part-1

Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe

1. What is the full title of the play Doctor Faustus? [NU 2012]

Ans: The full title of the play Doctor Faustus is The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus.

2. What is the source of the play, Doctor Faustus?

Ans: The source of the play, ‘Doctor Faustus’ is German stories about Faust.

3. Who are the University Wits? [NU 2017]

Ans: University wits are Christopher Marlowe, Robert Greene and Thomas Nashe, John Lyly, Thomas Lodge and George Peele. Thomas Kyd is also included in this group though he was not a university student.

4. Who was the greatest of the University wits?

Ans: Christopher Marlowe was the greatest of the University wits.

5. Which period of English literature did Christopher Marlowe belong to? [NU 2014]

Ans: Christopher Marlowe belonged to the Elizabethan period of English literature.

6. Who is Faustus?

Ans: Faustus is a great scholar who studied at Wittenberg University in Germany. He is the protagonist of Doctor Faustus. He sells his soul to enjoy sensual pleasures of life for 24 years.

7. Where was Doctor Faustus born?

Ans: Doctor Faustus was born in Germany in a town called Rhodes.

8. In which university has Faustus studied?

Ans: Faustus has studied in Wittenberg University in Germany.

9. What do you know about the learning of Dr. Faustus?

Ans: Dr. Faustus has acquired comprehensive knowledge in Logic, medicine, law, and theology.

10. In which field of learning did Doctor Faustus obtain doctorate degree? [NU 2013]

Ans: Doctor Faustus obtained doctorate degree in theology.

11. Who is Lucifer?

Ans: Lucifer is sometimes thought as the name of Satan. In Doctor Faustus, Lucifer is the head of the evils.

12. Who is Beelzebub?

Ans: Beelzebub, a powerful demon, is one of the chief officers of Lucifer.

13. Who is Wagner? [NU 2016]

Ans: Wagner is Faustus’s servant who uses his master’s books to learn how to summon devils and work magic.

14. What is prologue? [NU 2014, 2016]

Ans: A prologue is a speech, often in verse, addressed to the audience by one or more of the actors at the opening of a play to establish the context and to give background details and necessary information.

15. Who is Chorus?

Ans: Chorus is a group of performers who sing, dance and even take part in the action of a play. They inform the audience of the events to be performed later.