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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 1, Scene 2, what does Moritz dream about?

2. Because of the objectionable content of the play, what did Wedekind have to do for the play to be printed?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the number sixty in relation to Moritz?

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

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

4. According to the summary in the introduction, what will happen to Melchior?

5. Describe Martha's parents.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick one of the following topics to write about:

- The father-son dynamic of both the playwright and the play.

- Eros and Thanatos.

- Expressionism and Realism in Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the meaning of the title Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy.Points to consider include the implications of the season of "spring" being used, the contradictory nature of the main title and subtitle, and the purpose of this specifically being a "children's tragedy."

Essay Topic 3

Several extremely controversial points arise in Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy from Melchior's rape of Wendla. Compose a clear thesis and construct an essay around it. Points to consider include (but not exclusively):

- Melchior's belief system and his relationship to Wendla.

- Wendla's masochistic tendencies.

- The dialogue leading up to the rape.

- Melchior's guilt.

- Wendla's scene in the garden. Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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