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. Mr. Gabor shows his wife a letter from Melchior in the third scene of Act III.III, Scene 3. Who is it addressed to?

2. What is revealed as the actual cause of Wendla's death?

3. How does Hanschen feel about the painting?

4. What do Moritz's classmates speculate as the method of suicide?

5. What are the reform school boys trying to ejaculate onto?

Short Essay Questions

1. What game does Melchior initially not participate in at reform school? Why does he change his mind?

2. What does Ilsa reveal to Martha at Moritz's grave?

3. What advice and favor does Mrs. Gabor offer to Moritz?

4. Describe Ilsa's life.

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

6. Why does Hanschen claim he needs to destroy the picture? How does this represent the views of the town?

7. How does Mrs. Bergmann attempt to defend herself from Wendla's anger in Act III, scene 8?

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

9. What is significant about the singer Moritz thinks about in Act II, scene 7?

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

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

- Mrs. Bergmann's explanation on pregnancy.

- The contrast of the pastor's sermon at Moritz's funeral and the girls bringing his grave flowers.

- "Copulation."

Essay Topic 2

Pick one of the following topics to write about:

- Wendla's dress.

- Moritz's story of the headless queen.

- Ilse's attempted seduction of Moritz.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

How does Wedekind intertwine sex and violence? How is this a theme of the play? What characters appear to embody this idea? How does Goethe's "Faust" relate to this? How is this enacted on stage? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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