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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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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