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. How many times has Moritz failed in class?

2. After he tells Melchior his story, how does Moritz summarize his feelings?

3. Why is Moritz devastated in Act II, Scene 5?

4. How does Melchior defend himself against his professors?

5. What flowers does Wendla pick in Act II, Scene 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Melchior consider suicide in the final scene of the play?

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

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

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

8. Why is Mrs. Gabor concerned about Moritz and Melchior reading Faust? How is this significant?

9. Describe the scene between Ernst and Hanschel.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Upon publication, Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy was frequently suppressed, censored, or outright banned in several countries. Discuss the history of this play's production in the following format:

Part 1) Wedekind's troubles in the writing and publishing of this play.

Part 2) Critical reaction.

Part 3) The play during the World Wars.

Part 4) Censored publications.

Part 5) First American performance.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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