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. What does Ilsa mention as a feature in one of her lover's apartments?

2. What do Ernst and Hanschen vow to do together?

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

4. What does Mrs. Gabor offer to do for Moritz?

5. Why does Melchior try to force Wendla to leave him alone when she comes looking for him in Act II, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Moritz commit suicide at the end of Act II?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the argument between Melchior's parents after Moritz's death?

7. What philosophy does Melchior claim to believe? What action follows in the hayloft?

8. Describe Ilsa's life.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Melchior and Moritz are the two central characters of Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy. Their relationship is central to the plot and provides much of the dramatic tension and tragedies of the piece.

- Compare and contrast Melchior and Moritz.

- Discuss Melchior's protectiveness of Moritz and how Moritz looks up to his friend.

- Discuss the masked man's reactions and analysis of both boys.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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