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 a Moritat?

2. How does Bentley describe Moritz and Melchior in relationship to each other?

3. What excuse does Moritz give in order to escape the discussion about sex?

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

5. Who does Bentley believe is the inspiration for the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Gabor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Mrs. Bergmann concerned about Wendla's old dress?

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

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

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

7. What are Melchior's beliefs about good deeds, as related to Wendla?

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

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

10. Describe Martha's parents.

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

Hanschen and Ernst find happiness together at the end of the play while delivering a scathing critique of their society. Compose a brief essay on this statement in the following format:

Part 1) Discuss the town and school's impressions of Ernst and how he is able to get along despite them.

Part 2) Discuss Hanschen and Ernst's beliefs in comparison to the rest of their town.

Part 3) Discuss the two boys finding love out despite their extremely repressed society.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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