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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What favor does Moritz ask of Melchior in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) He asks him to write about sex so he may read it later.
(b) He asks Melchior to visit him later that night.
(c) He asks him not to tell anyone about his ignorance.
(d) He asks Melchior to help him study.

2. What does Melchior tell Wendla about his belief in people who enjoy doing charity work?
(a) They will end up in Hell.
(b) They will end up being taken advantage of.
(c) They will end up in Heaven.
(d) They will end up disappointed.

3. What do the boys in Act 1, Scene 2 complain about?
(a) Girls.
(b) Church.
(c) Homework.
(d) Parents.

4. How does Moritz react when being told about sex?
(a) He tries to argue with the points being made.
(b) He wants to know more.
(c) He becomes aroused.
(d) He does not want to listen.

5. In what way is the love between Moritz and Melchior described?
(a) Fraternal.
(b) Unhealthy.
(c) Romantic.
(d) Co-dependent.

6. In Act 1, Scene 2, what does Moritz dream about?
(a) Sex.
(b) Hell.
(c) Dying.
(d) God.

7. While Wedekind wrote his play, what were people questioning?
(a) War.
(b) The censoring of theater and literature.
(c) The father's authority.
(d) Wedekind's writing style.

8. How does Moritz discover the information in Act 1, Scene 4 that cheers him up?
(a) He looks his name up in the teacher's book.
(b) He asks the teacher's assistant for help.
(c) He asks his teacher.
(d) He overhears his teacher talking to another professor about him.

9. After Martha's punishment for the ribbon, how does she spend the night?
(a) Under her bed.
(b) Outside in the cold.
(c) On the floor in a sack.
(d) In the tree by her window.

10. Why does Wendla complain about her new dress?
(a) She feels it is too long and shapeless.
(b) She feels it is too revealing of her figure.
(c) She feels it is too childish.
(d) She feels it is too short.

11. What was censored in reissues of A Children's Tragedy?
(a) Words alluding to the political unrest.
(b) Sexual words.
(c) Any unflattering references to the adult figures.
(d) Any words that were not German.

12. In their first encounter, what question does Melchior pose to Wendla?
(a) He asks if she believes in God.
(b) He asks if she likes him.
(c) He asks if she understands sex.
(d) He asks if she enjoys visiting poor people.

13. What did people find so offensive about A Children's Tragedy when it was first written?
(a) Wedekind's sexuality.
(b) Wedekind's political alliances.
(c) The criticism of Germany's role in Hitler's rise to power.
(d) The sexual content.

14. What is interesting about realism and expressionism in regards to this play?
(a) The play makes a clear stand against realism.
(b) The play makes a clear stand against expressionism.
(c) The play mixes both of them together.
(d) The play ignores both styles and mocks them in absurdism.

15. What does Wendla ask of Melchior at the end of Act 1?
(a) She asks him to beat her.
(b) She asks him to make love to her.
(c) She asks him if he would want to marry her one day.
(d) She asks him to run away to Berlin with her.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the most sexual scene of the play, what is alluded to heavily?

2. According to Bentley's analysis, who may NOT be the masked figure at the end of the play?

3. Why does Wendla die?

4. In what decade did Wedekind write A Children's Tragedy?

5. In the first scene, what does Wendla wonder about her future?

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