Travesties Test | Mid-Book 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 precious stone is in Carr's preferred studs?

2. In describing his trenches experience in this section, Carr says he ruined several what?

3. According to Tzara, how do Communists like their art?

4. In what year was Lenin forced into exile from Russia?

5. From what object is Tzara drawing slips of paper in the beginning of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Lenin devastated and frustrated listening to a Beethoven symphony?

2. What new revelation regarding Bennett is revealed in the final moments of the play?

3. What are time slips?

4. How do Cecil and Gwen realize that they are both engaged to Tzara?

5. How is Art created, from Tzara's point of view?

6. Describe some examples of the aristocratic aloofness Carr displays int his section.

7. What questions does Carr attempt to answer regarding Dada?

8. What quandary is Carr facing in this section?

9. What events have transpired in Russia since the abdication of the czar?

10. How do the Zimmerwaldists plan to leave Switzerland?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of the play, many characters argue the virtues and vices of new art. Each of the major figures has a different view regarding art's place in society. Write an essay discussing these viewpoints, focusing on the four major characters of the play. What does each think about the role of art? What is the value of old art? What about new art like Dada? What lesson is art meant to impart to its audience?

Part 1) Henry Carr

Part 2) Tristan Tzara

Part 3) James Joyce

Part 4) Lenin

Essay Topic 2

The play opens with a tableau of the Zurich Library. It includes three tables, inhabited by five characters. Write an essay analyzing this opening tableau as a diagram for the artistic and political debate which is to follow. Who dominates each table? What are these dominant figures doing at the beginning of the play? What major movements of the First World War era are represented by these tables?

Essay Topic 3

As the Revolution in St. Petersburg heats up and the Zimmerwaldists of Switzerland begin to plan their return to Russia, the characters of the play begin to debate how the scenarios delineated by Marx can be realized in the world. Write an essay charting these debates, focusing on Bennett's explanation of Marxism and Cecily's debate with Carr regarding its legitimacy. How does the Russian Revolution conform to the path dictated by Marx? What short cuts are being taken? What is Lenin's importance in the process, according to the theory?

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