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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 what decade did Wedekind write A Children's Tragedy?

2. Why does Moritz commit suicide?

3. What is a Moritat?

4. What information does Moritz discover in Act 1, Scene 4 that cheers him up?

5. Why does Wendla complain about her new dress?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Martha's parents.

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

4. What is the purpose of the Moritat in the introduction?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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