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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 excuse does Moritz give in order to escape the discussion about sex?
(a) He needs to go pray.
(b) He needs to talk to his father.
(c) He needs to find his girlfriend.
(d) He has too much homework.

2. What is considered the most sexual scene in A Children's Tragedy?
(a) Wendla's rape.
(b) Melchior explaining sex to Moritz.
(c) The masturbation scene in the reformatory.
(d) Ilsa's attraction to Moritz.

3. What was the result of Wedekind's conflicts while writing?
(a) He left his position within the government.
(b) He moved into a commune for artists.
(c) He left home.
(d) He left the country.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bentley, what group of people does not like this play?

2. In what way is the love between Moritz and Melchior described?

3. In what country does A Children's Tragedy take place?

4. What is Thanatos according to Bentley?

5. What do Melchior and Moritz talk about when they are alone in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Martha's parents.

2. What event does Bentley claim influence Wedekind? Why?

3. Why does Wendla fantasize about being beaten? How does she handle it?

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

5. Why was this play frequently repressed after the initial publication?

6. What does Moritz believe is the purpose of his school's exams?

7. What thought does Wendla have that offends her mother? Where does it come from?

8. In the introduction, why is this play deemed as widely disliked by feminists?

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

10. How does the introduction of this play describe Eros and Thanatos?

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