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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 was censored in reissues of A Children's Tragedy?

2. What does Melchior tell Wendla about his belief in people who enjoy doing charity work?

3. In their first encounter, what question does Melchior pose to Wendla?

4. How many students in Melchior and Moritz's class will be allowed to graduate to the next grade?

5. What does Wendla claim about the thoughts her mother finds offensive in the first scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What thought does Wendla have that offends her mother? Where does it come from?

7. Describe Martha's parents.

8. How does Bentley describe Moritz and Melchior in relation to each other in his introduction?

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

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

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

How does Wedekind intertwine sex and violence? How is this a theme of the play? What characters appear to embody this idea? How does Goethe's "Faust" relate to this? How is this enacted on stage? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

- The significance of Ina having had three children in two years of marriage and Mrs. Bergmann's refusal to explain sex to her daughters.

- Moritz's relationship with Ilse.

- The reformatory students in contrast to Melchior.

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