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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. How does Moritz feel about his dreams?

2. Who is the author of the introduction to the play?

3. What was the result of Wedekind's conflicts while writing?

4. What does Wendla ask of Melchior at the end of Act 1?

5. After Martha's punishment for the ribbon, how does she spend the night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Wendla's attitude about her old dress and new dress in the beginning of the play?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of the masked man? How do Moritz and Melchior react to him? What are some of the man's possible identities? What does he claim about his relationships to Moritz and Melchior? What is the significance of Melchior leaving with the masked man at the end of the play? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

- Discuss the abuse of Martha.

- Discuss Mrs. Gabor's letter to Moritz.

- Discuss Wendla's love of being a girl versus Martha and Thea's preference to have been born men.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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