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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. According to the masked man, what is morality?

2. How does Moritz feel about his dreams?

3. Where does Act 1, Scene 5 take place?

4. How does Moritz react when being told about sex?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the main theme of one of the characters that is pointed out as being a philosophy of Goethe.

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

3. Why was this play frequently repressed after the initial publication?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

What is significant about Melchior's fascination with Goethe and his presentation of "Faust?" Why should Mrs. Gabor express concern over her son reading "Faust?" How does the story of Faust mirror Melchior's story? How is Goethe's philosophy seen in Melchior's belief system? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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