A Children's Tragedy Test | Final 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. According to the pastor, what will happen to Moritz?

2. How does Act II end?

3. According to Moritz, how many times has Ernst failed in their class?

4. Where does Act II, Scene 4 take place?

5. What does Moritz debate as being worth staying alive for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does her sister having a child come as such a surprise to Wendla?

2. Describe Wendla's mood and thoughts in Act II, scene 6.

3. Describe the scene between Ernst and Hanschel.

4. Why do the professors want to expel Melchior from school?

5. What is significant about Melchior's letter to Wendla?

6. What claims does the masked man make to Melchior and Moritz?

7. Describe Moritz's story to Melchior.

8. How does Rentier Stiefel react to Moritz's death?

9. Describe Ilsa's life.

10. Describe what happens in the hayloft when Wendla first enters.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the final scene of this play, Melchior comes across Moritz's ghost, who begs his friend to join him in suicide. Compose a strong thesis about the nature of suicide in Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy and write about it in the following format:

Part 1) Discuss Moritz's reasons for suicide.

Part 2) Discuss Melchior's consideration of suicide.

Part 3) Discuss the reaction of the people to Moritz's suicide.

Part 4) Discuss the school's reaction to Moritz's suicide.

Part 5) Discuss the masked man saving Melchior from killing himself.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Several extremely controversial points arise in Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy from Melchior's rape of Wendla. Compose a clear thesis and construct an essay around it. Points to consider include (but not exclusively):

- Melchior's belief system and his relationship to Wendla.

- Wendla's masochistic tendencies.

- The dialogue leading up to the rape.

- Melchior's guilt.

- Wendla's scene in the garden. Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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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