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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. At the beginning of this section, what does Carr tell Bennett is completely absent from Switzerland?

2. In what year does Carr recall he was acquainted with Joyce, Lenin, and Tzara?

3. What objects are inadvertently interposed int he beginning of the play?

4. What "modish novelty" does Carr disapprove of in Bennett (14)?

5. Whose dropped writings does Joyce pick up in the first scene of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What quandary is Carr facing in this section?

2. Describe Joyce's falling out with Carr.

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

4. Why does Tzara distrust beauty and reason?

5. Why does Tzara have two names?

6. What is the reason for Cecily's coming to Gwen's house?

7. Why is Carr livid over Joyce's request for 25 francs in ticket sales?

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

9. Why does Cecily believe the British are unusually bumbling in their spying on Lenin?

10. How does Joyce convince Carr to take the role of Algernon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Bennett. He is far an away the most cultivated and best-informed person in the play, but he is a manservant. Stoppard, in his cast notes, says that he should be "quite a weighty presence" (vii). What is Bennett's function int he script at the beginning of the play? How does Carr's leaving him in charge of the consulate affect Lenin's situation? What new revelations about his character are revealed in the final moments of the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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