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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. Where is Wendla in Act III, Scene 5?

2. According to Mrs. Gabor, what favor is she unable to perform for Moritz?

3. Where does Act II, Scene 7 take place?

4. What does Wendla's gravestone claim she died of?

5. In Act II, Scene 1, what does Moritz tell Melchior he has been doing constantly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Moritz's story to Melchior.

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

7. Describe Ilsa's life.

8. What favor has Moritz asked of Mrs. Gabor? What does he admit to her?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Early in the play, Moritz says, "Melchior, don't you also think that man's sense of shame is just a product of his education?" One of the themes of this play deals with the enforced ignorance of the younger generation and the natural ignorance of the adults. Write an essay about the use of ignorance in this play as it relates to Moritz's statement in the following format:

Part 1) Discuss Mrs. Bergmann's insistence on keeping Wendla innocent.

Part 2) Discuss the adults being unaware of Moritz's torment and Wendla's pregnancy.

Part 3) Discuss the ignorance of nearly all the students about sex and pregnancy.

Part 4) Discuss the reaction Melchior's knowledge of sex has on the adults.

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

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

- Discuss Hanschen's relationship with "Venus."

- Discuss Ilse's story of the artist who kept threatening to kill her.

- Discuss the names of the professors.

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