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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. With whom was Wedekind finding conflict while writing his play?
(a) The government.
(b) His mother.
(c) His lover.
(d) His father.

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

4. How wide is Moritz's knowledge of maturation?
(a) He knows more about sex than the rest of his class.
(b) He has already had sex.
(c) He has read a book with a sex scene.
(d) He is completely ignorant.

5. What errand has Wendla been sent on in Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) She is to gather plants for her mother.
(b) She is to gather flowers for her sister.
(c) She is to gather mushrooms for her mother.
(d) She is to gather wood for her father.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who keeps Melchior from committing suicide?

2. What does Wendla ask of Melchior at the end of Act 1?

3. Where does Act 1, Scene 5 take place?

4. How does Bentley describe Moritz and Melchior in relationship to each other?

5. Why does Moritz commit suicide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What appears to be a key difference between Melchior and Moritz in their first scene together?

2. What are some of the main philosophical influences and allusions in A Children's Tragedy?

3. Why does Moritz not want to listen to Melchior's explanations about sex?

4. Why is Mrs. Bergmann concerned about Wendla's old dress?

5. Why did Martha's parents rip her nightgown from her?

6. How does Bentley describe Moritz and Melchior in relation to each other in his introduction?

7. How do Mrs. Bergmann and Wendla deal with the girl's maturation in Act I, Scene 1?

8. How does this play fit into both genres of expressionism and realism?

9. According to Bentley, what are some possible identities of the masked man at the end of the play?

10. How was "Spring Awakening" treated in Germany during both World Wars?

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