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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 does the Dada artist entitle the work that consists of his name in the snow?

2. When Bennett states that a social revolution has occurred in Russia, what activity does Carr assume this involves?

3. Due to a clerical error on his birth certificate, what if James Joyce's legal middle name?

4. What term for Germans is Carr unfamiliar with before entering the war?

5. What does the British government request of Carr int his section?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Carr explain Tzara's appearance?

2. How is Lenin surprised by the Russian Revolution?

3. What is Henry Carr's relationship to James Joyce?

4. Describe Joyce's defense of classical literature.

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

6. What ridiculous statement does Old Carr make about his connection to Lenin?

7. What quandary is Carr facing in this section?

8. Why does Tzara distrust beauty and reason?

9. What request is made of Carr by the British government at the end of the scene?

10. What caveat does Cecily have for loving Carr/Tristan?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The women of Travesties serve an interesting purpose in the play. They almost serve as counter-balances to the men that court them, elucidating the underpinnings of their beliefs and the truth of their assertions. Write an essay about the women in the play in three parts:

Part 1) Examine the courtship between Gwen and Tzara. How does she challenge him to defend his Dada poetry in a way no one else does? How does he prove the worth of his art in this sequence?

Part 2) Nadya narrates much of the second act of the play. What new information regarding Lenin's attitude toward art does she provide? How does this create a more vibrant portrait of the revolutionary politician?

Part 3) Throughout the play, Henry Carr's assertions seem more than a little suspect. What new information does Old Cecily provide at the end of the play? Does she seem a more reliable narrator than Carr?

Essay Topic 2

Lenin is more object than subject in Travesties. He is a commodity desired and detested severally through the play. Write an essay about his character. The first half of this essay should deal primarily with other characters' attitudes toward him. Why is he lionized by some and feared by others? How does his attempt to depart Switzerland force certain characters into awkward positions? The second half should deal with his personality and soul as described by Nadya. How does Lenin view the world, and how does this view lend itself to the embracing of Marxism?

Essay Topic 3

In Travesties, the personal lives of the characters are constantly being affected by the realities of external political situation. Write an essay about the role of the larger political scene on the events of the play, in three parts:

Part 1) Henry Carr is stationed at the British Consulate in Zurich. How does he arrive there? How does his experience with the war color his attitude toward Zurich? How do his objectives change do to telegrams form London?

Part 2) Tristam Tzara constantly seems at war with convention. How is his work a direct reaction against outside political forces? What are his opinions regarding the war and Russian Bolshevism?

Part 3) Lenin and Nadya's lives are always affected by the events of Russia. What central event in Russia changes their lives in Switzerland, and how do they react to it? To what extent is Lenin never really living in Zurich?

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