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'Doctor Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe; Brief-answer questions Part-4

Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe

46. Name the Seven Deadly Sins in Doctor Faustus. [NU 2012, 2016]

Ans: The Seven Deadly Sins in Doctor Faustus are Pride, Covetousness, Wrath, Envy, Gluttony, Sloth and Lechery.

47. Why did Faustus sell his horse?

Ans: Faustus sold his horse because he wanted to walk.

48. What happened to the horse when the horse dealer rode it into water?

Ans: When the horse dealer rode the horse into water, the horse turned into a heap of straw.

49. Who is the peerless dame of Greece? [NU 2012, 2016]

Ans: Helen of Troy is the peerless dame of Greece.

50. Who was Helen?

Ans: Helen is the wife of Menelaus and was abducted by the Trojan prince, Paris.

51. What does Faustus think when he kisses Helen?

Ans: When Faustus kisses Helen, he thinks of becoming immortal by the kiss.

52. Who wants to be Paris?

Ans: Faustus wants to be Paris.

53. Why does Faustus want to be Paris?

Ans: Faustus wants to be Paris so that he can be her lover.

54. What is Renaissance? [NU 2012, 2017]

Ans: The Renaissance means the revival or "rebirth" of art and literature under the influence of classical models in the 14th–16th centuries.

55. Who had waxen wings? [NU 2014]

Ans: Icarus had waxen wings.

56. Who is Icarus? [NU 2012, 2017]

Ans: Icarus was the son of Daedalus. He, in escaping from Crete on artificial wings, flew so close to the sun that the wax with which his wings were fastened melted, and he fell into the Aegean Sea.

57. Why does Marlowe refer to Icarus to foreshadow the fate of Faustus?

Ans: Marlowe refers to Icarus to foreshadow the fate of Faustus because Faustus tried to “mount above his reach” just as Icarus did.

58. What is soliloquy? [NU 2012, 2015]

Ans: Soliloquy is an artificial dramatic device in which the actor stays alone on the stage and utters his thoughts aloud simply to inform the audience indirectly of what is going on in his mind.

59. What is a Morality Play?

Ans: Morality play is an allegorical drama in which the characters personify moral qualities or abstractions to convey a moral lesson.

60. What is the moral of Doctor Faustus? [NU 2014]

Ans: The moral of Doctor Faustus is that a person’s downfall is caused by his/her act of crossing the limit that is forbidden.

61. What are the constituents of a tragedy?

Ans: The constituents of a tragedy are Plot, Character, Thought, Diction, Song and Spectacle.

62. What is the tragic flaw of Doctor Faustus?

Ans: The tragic flaw of Doctor Faustus is his excessive desire to learn more.

63. What do Faustus and Lucifer have in common?

Ans: Both Faustus and Lucifer wish to achieve power exceeding the limits given by God.