A Children's Tragedy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. What does Moritz believe about why students will flunk out of their class?

3. Who starts to explain sex to Moritz in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. What do the boys in Act 1, Scene 2 complain about?

5. What is Eros according to Bentley?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Martha's parents rip her nightgown from her?

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

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

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

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

8. What are some of the ways this play was censored in re-prints?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Wedekind lampoon religion in this play? Is Melchior's belief system about God meant to be taken as the playwright's beliefs? How does Moritz's funeral relate to the final scene with the masked man?

Essay Topic 2

How are the adults portrayed in this play? To what purpose are they lampooned? How is the character of Mrs. Gabor used to show the power of adults and the consequences of misunderstanding their children? Is Mrs. Bergmann meant to be a sympathetic character? Why or why not? How does Moritz's father represent the majority of the adults in this play? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Melchior and Moritz are the two central characters of Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy. Their relationship is central to the plot and provides much of the dramatic tension and tragedies of the piece.

- Compare and contrast Melchior and Moritz.

- Discuss Melchior's protectiveness of Moritz and how Moritz looks up to his friend.

- Discuss the masked man's reactions and analysis of both boys.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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