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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. During what war was the play censored in Germany?
(a) World War I.
(b) World War II.
(c) Korean War.
(d) Vietnam War.

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

3. What does Moritz believe about why students will flunk out of their class?
(a) He believes that the school is making the class small enough to fit in next year's classroom.
(b) He believes students who flunk are merely lazy.
(c) He believes students that are flunked are victims of class discrimination.
(d) He believes that students who flunk are too smart for school.

4. Why does Moritz commit suicide?
(a) He believes he is gay.
(b) He gets Ilsa pregnant.
(c) He has been held back in school.
(d) He feels responsible for Wendla's abortion.

5. What fantasy does Wendla admit to having to Melchior?
(a) Being beaten.
(b) Marrying Melchior.
(c) Running away.
(d) Having sex.

6. What is Melchior's relationship to Moritz?
(a) They are lovers.
(b) They are best friends.
(c) They are brothers.
(d) They are enemies.

7. Why is Moritz concerned about another boy's standing in his class?
(a) He is competing with that student for the last seat in next year's class.
(b) He is afraid that the boy will blame Moritz if he is not promoted.
(c) He is afraid that the boy will follow his lead in considering suicide.
(d) He is afraid that the boy will run away if he is not promoted.

8. What does Mrs. Bergmann wonder about Wendla in the first scene?
(a) She wonders what sort of mother Wendla will make.
(b) She wonders if Wendla will survive her adolescence.
(c) She wonders if Wendla is aware of her changing body.
(d) She wonders what Wendla will look like in a few years.

9. What happened to Martha when her parents saw her with a ribbon on her nightgown?
(a) They tore off her nightgown.
(b) They tore off her ribbon.
(c) They forced her to remove the ribbon.
(d) They forced her to wear a burlap sack.

10. How does Bentley describe Moritz and Melchior in relationship to each other?
(a) Complete opposites.
(b) The result of one person's love not being reciprocated.
(c) Extremely alike.
(d) A surrogate fatherly relationship.

11. How was the rape scene censored in reissues of A Children's Tragedy?
(a) Wendla was given a line that shows clear consent.
(b) It was scripted to take place in a blackout.
(c) Melchior does not go through with the rape.
(d) It was taken out of the script entirely.

12. What is the most important relationship depicted in A Children's Tragedy?
(a) Ilsa and Moritz's near romance.
(b) Melchior and Wendla's relationship.
(c) The bond between Moritz and his father.
(d) The friendship between Moritz and Melchior.

13. Why is Mrs. Bergmann concerned about Wendla's dress?
(a) It is too shapeless on her.
(b) It is too adult for her.
(c) It is too short for her.
(d) It is too long on her.

14. In the most sexual scene of the play, what is alluded to heavily?
(a) Brecht.
(b) Faust.
(c) Goethe.
(d) The Bible.

15. 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 in Heaven.
(c) They will end up disappointed.
(d) They will end up being taken advantage of.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the summary, who is raped in A Children's Tragedy?

2. Who do the girls in this play find very attractive?

3. What excuse does Moritz give in order to escape the discussion about sex?

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

5. How many years after the initial publication was the play performed in America?

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