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

2. What in particular does Bentley highlight in his Moritat?
(a) Suicide.
(b) Politics.
(c) Brotherly love.
(d) Sex.

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

4. Because of the objectionable content of the play, what did Wedekind have to do for the play to be printed?
(a) Marry the daughter of a publisher.
(b) Pay for publication himself.
(c) Agree to a free commission of another play for the publisher.
(d) Write out every script used for the first performance.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of the first things presented in the introduction?

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

3. How was the rape scene censored in reissues of A Children's Tragedy?

4. How do Martha's parents treat her?

5. Who keeps Melchior from committing suicide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to "Spring Awakening" in America after publication? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is pointed out to Moritz in Act I, scene 4 that deflates his happiness?

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

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

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