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 Moritz do when he walks Ilsa home?

2. What are the teachers planning to do because of Moritz's suicide?

3. Where does the last scene of the play take place?

4. Describe the relationship between Ernst and Hanschen at the end of the play.

5. How does Melchior defend himself against his professors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Moritz's story to Melchior.

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

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

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

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

8. What is Hanschen's relationship to "Venus?"

9. Describe Ilsa's life.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How are the adults portrayed in this play? To what purpose are they lampooned? How is the character of Mrs. Gabor used to show the power of adults and the consequences of misunderstanding their children? Is Mrs. Bergmann meant to be a sympathetic character? Why or why not? How does Moritz's father represent the majority of the adults in this play? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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