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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. From what Irish town does Carr announce James Joyce did not hale?

2. What object does Tzara say man would be without art?

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

4. In what two locations does the play take place?

5. What art movement is born our of the Meierei Bar in Zurich?

Short Essay Questions

1. What confusion exist between Tzara and Carr regarding the reasoning behind the war?

2. How do the Zimmerwaldists plan to leave Switzerland?

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

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

5. How does Gwen react to Tzara's poem?

6. What is Lenin's ill-fated plan to leave Switzerland?

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

8. Describe Joyce's defense of classical literature.

9. What parts of Henry Carr's story can be definitively believed by the audience?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play cordial, Wilde-esque conversations give way to bouts of unrestrained antipathy between characters. Write an essay about the breaking of the formal shell in the play, focusing on three such outbursts:

Part 1) What is the breaking point for Henry Carr when discussing art with Tristan Tzara in their first conversation of the play? How is Dada so offensive to him? What does Tzara say about the war that infuriates him?

Part 2) Why does Tzara think that Joyce is patronizing him when they discuss Dada in Act 1? How do they differ in their view of classical archetypes in art and literature?

Part 3) Examine the library scene between Cecily and Carr at the beginning of Act 2. What is Cecily's breaking point in discussing Marxism? What patronizing statement does Carr make that sets her off?

Essay Topic 2

In Travesties, the setting of Zurich is a central component of the story, creating a unique combination of peace and fervor. Write an essay about the role of Zurich in the play in three parts:

Part 1) At the beginning of the play Henry Carr speaks glowingly of life in Switzerland during the war. What does he love in particular about it? How is it a succor for someone who has been in the trenches?

Part 2) Joyce and Tzara both comment that Zurich has become the artistic center of Europe. What has brought so many creative souls to the city? What new and old art is being created?

Part 3) Zurich is also the home of political exiles. Describe the exiled leftist Russian government that holds regular gatherings in Switzerland. How do they plan the revolution from their exiled post?

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the play, Carr provides a long explanation of the events that are to progress. Throughout the monologue he has difficulty getting his facts straight. As related by Carr, many of the seemingly-absurd assertions later crop up in the play. In three parts, write about the way in which Stoppard brings these absurdities to life. Why do they initially seem impossible? How do they manifest themselves in the action later?

Part 1) Carr's description of Joyce vacillating between gregarious gentleman and horrid miser.

Part 2) Placing a bet on the success of Lenin.

Part 3) Lenin the Scandinavian.

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