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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. Citing Karl Marx in this section, Bennett states that there is no way for a country to transition seamlessly from autocracy to what?

2. What two characters believe Tzara's first name is Jack?

3. As what does Carr theorize that Tzara is trying to pass?

4. To what country's system of government does Bennett compare the anticipate Russian state at the end of his explanation of Marxist?

5. How many times does Joyce instruct Gwen to repeat his dictation in the text?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of Gwen and Joyce's visit in the limerick scene?

2. What is the last straw for Gwen and Cecily regarding Tzara and Carr?

3. In what way has Carr's manner of study impeded his learning?

4. Why does Carr bring up Bennett's logbook in this section?

5. Describe Lenin's aversion to career artists.

6. How does Joyce explain his decision to produce The Importance of Being Earnest?

7. What does Lenin ask Nadya to do when he is imprisoned in St. Petersburg?

8. What are time slips?

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

10. How does Bennett become an asset to Lenin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Stoppard's plays often involve large personalities with different world-views clashing regarding some major topic. In Travesties, the topic is revolution and art. Write an essay on three characters and how they represent different views of these subjects:

Part 1) Henry Carr represents the past, a Victorian ideal. How does he relate to the other characters int he play? How does his obsession with clothing and order represent a style that is going out of fashion?

Part 2) James Joyce is perhaps the most of-the-moment in 1917. To what extend has he reconciled his love for the classical with the acknowledgment that the world is shifting? How is Ulysses a physical representation of this?

Part 3) Tristan Tzara wants to throw away everything that has come before, reject the old forms. How is he the most abrasive of characters on the stage? In what ways are all other characters put off by him?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the character of James Joyce. He is one of the most enigmatic characters in the play, but he has one of the deepest verifiable relationships with Henry Carr. The first half of the essay should concern his art. How does Ulysses fulfill a primal need that he has for literature? What special significance does he assign to the character of Odysseus? The second half should concern his attitude toward money. To what extent does indebtedness and miserliness plague his association with Carr? Is it possible that these attributes may be a creation of Carr the storyteller?

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