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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. According to Carr, what sensation is created by the many punctual clocks in Zurich?

2. The Zimmerwaldists believe the workers of the world need to oppose what?

3. Which of the following characters does not enter at the beginning of this section?

4. How much money does Bennett say he'd bet on Lenin to succeed in Russia?

5. What article of clothing does Bannett mention specifically when describing Tzara to Carr?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the real reason for Tzara's visit?

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

5. Describe the scene at the beginning of the play.

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

7. Describe Henry Carr as he enters the play.

8. Describe Lenin's aversion to career artists.

9. Why do the Allies want to keep Lenin in Switzerland?

10. What are time slips?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tristan Tzara's hat is a central symbol of the play. From it is drawn, and its very significance seems to mystify Gwendolen and Henry Carr and James Joyce. Write an essay about the significance of the hat as a symbol. Who handles it besides Tzara and what surprises emerge from it? What role does it play in Tristan's wooing of Gwendolen? What does it represent in the world of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Travesties is a homage and subversion of Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest. He steals certain characters and scenes outright and transposes them to a different era. Write an essay about the connection between these two plays in three parts:

Part 1) The two love interests in The Importance of Being Earnest are also called Cecily and Gwendolen. They, too, have odd caveats for their love. What conditions do the two women give in this play regarding their hearts and how do they reflect a world in flux?

Part 2) Mistaken identity plays a major role in Wilde's farce like in Stoppard's. Why do characters in Travesties assume false identities? What is the meaning of the switched folders? How do both represent something more political than personal?

Part 3) Earnest is a product of the Victorian Era, an era of certitude and stricture. Travesties transposes this story to the Edwardian era, when certainty died in the trenches. How does Stoppard undermine Wilde's pat farce injecting it with the madness of the First World War?

Essay Topic 3

In the confusion and madness of 1917, the characters of Travesties seem to find their only solace in art. Write an essay examining art as a constant, an anchor that secures individuals buffeted by war and revolution. Focusing on three endeavors in the play, describe the character attitude toward them. Why do they undertake them? What importance do they serve in the mad world of the play?

Part 1) Tristan Tzara and his poetry.

Part 2) James Joyce and Ulysses.

Part 3) Henry Carr and The Importance of Being Earnest?

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