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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What theatrical genre is combined with tragedy as part of this play's complexity?
(a) Comedy.
(b) Theater of the poor.
(c) Theater of cruelty.
(d) Absurdism.

2. Why did Martha, after being punished for the ribbon, come back inside?
(a) She was lonely.
(b) She was being chased by boys.
(c) She was too clothed for the heat.
(d) She was naked and it was cold.

3. How must Martha always wear her hair?
(a) In a bun.
(b) Braids.
(c) Short.
(d) Loose.

4. Who keeps Melchior from committing suicide?
(a) Moritz.
(b) Wendla.
(c) A masked man.
(d) Ernst.

5. What does Wendla claim about the thoughts her mother finds offensive in the first scene?
(a) She says they come to her at night.
(b) She says she hears the girls at school expressing similar thoughts.
(c) She says that she overhears her mother expressing these thoughts.
(d) She says her sister tells her these thoughts.

6. What is one of the first things presented in the introduction?
(a) A timeline of Wedekind's life with emphasis on events that inspired A Children's Tragedy.
(b) A graph showing the correlation between sexual activity and suicide.
(c) A timeline of the play's publication and productions.
(d) A pie chart depicting the average number of sexually active teenagers.

7. According to the other boys, whose name is still on the list for consideration to be promoted?
(a) Gunther.
(b) Hanschel.
(c) Melchior.
(d) Ernst Robel.

8. According to the masked man, what is morality?
(a) What the government says should be done.
(b) A fallacy of "doing good."
(c) A made-up concept to keep people in line.
(d) A mixture of what people think should be done and what they want to do.

9. What is a Moritat?
(a) A short poem.
(b) A story written backwards.
(c) A short statement.
(d) A postscript.

10. What girl is walking home with Wendla and Martha in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) Ilsa.
(b) Thea.
(c) Bertha.
(d) Helga.

11. How many years after the initial publication was the play performed in America?
(a) 20.
(b) 25.
(c) 35.
(d) It has never been produced in America.

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

13. Who starts to explain sex to Moritz in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Ilsa.
(b) Melchior.
(c) Mortiz's father.
(d) Wendla.

14. According to Bentley's analysis, who may NOT be the masked figure at the end of the play?
(a) God.
(b) Goethe.
(c) Satan.
(d) Life.

15. Despite the complexity of A Children's Tragedy what striking aspect is the most widely known about this play?
(a) The complexity of the characters.
(b) The political undertones.
(c) The sexual content.
(d) The suicide.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bentley, what event in Wedekind's life influences the plot of A Children's Tragedy?

2. What does Melchior initially believe about people who do good works?

3. How does Moritz discover the information in Act 1, Scene 4 that cheers him up?

4. During what war was the play suppressed in Germany?

5. With whom was Wedekind finding conflict while writing his play?

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