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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 Melchior initially believe about people who do good works?
(a) He believes they are half-mad.
(b) He believes they will go to Heaven.
(c) He believes they do it to relieve guilt.
(d) He believes it is for their own benefit.

2. 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 taken out of the script entirely.
(c) It was scripted to take place in a blackout.
(d) Melchior does not go through with the rape.

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

4. While Wedekind wrote his play, what were people questioning?
(a) War.
(b) The father's authority.
(c) Wedekind's writing style.
(d) The censoring of theater and literature.

5. What does Wendla claim about the thoughts her mother finds offensive in the first scene?
(a) She says her sister tells her these thoughts.
(b) She says that she overhears her mother expressing these thoughts.
(c) She says she hears the girls at school expressing similar thoughts.
(d) She says they come to her at night.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Wendla's mother doing to her daughter's dress in the beginning of the play?

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

3. Despite the complexity of A Children's Tragedy what striking aspect is the most widely known about this play?

4. How is Wendla's body, in terms of maturation?

5. What did people find so offensive about A Children's Tragedy when it was first written?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is this play described as "coming-of-age?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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