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

2. How many students in Melchior and Moritz's class will be allowed to graduate to the next grade?
(a) Forty.
(b) Sixty.
(c) Fifty.
(d) Seventy.

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

4. In what form does the play begin?
(a) Absurdism.
(b) Realism.
(c) Expressionism.
(d) Experimental.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What birthday is being celebrated for Wendla in Act I, Scene 1?

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

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

4. Who is the author of the introduction to the play?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Martha's parents.

4. What startling admission does Moritz give in Act I, Scene 4? Why?

5. What conflicts does Bentley discuss were essential to Wedekind during the writing of "Spring Awakening"? Why?

6. What is Wendla's attitude about her old dress and new dress in the beginning of the play?

7. What is the purpose of the Moritat in the introduction?

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

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

10. What does Moritz do in Act I, Scene 4 that nearly gets him in trouble? Why?

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