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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. In this section, Carr and Tzara cannot decide between which two countries as to which they are defending?

2. Which character is unassisted at the beginning of Act 1?

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

4. Where is Joyce buried at the time thhat the Old Carr speaks in this section?

5. What detail of the Russian Revolution is not mentioned by Bennett in this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Carr respond to Tzara's Dadaist sentiments?

2. How is Lenin surprised by the Russian Revolution?

3. How is Art created, from Tzara's point of view?

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

5. What are time slips?

6. What final words of wisdom does Carr offer at the end of the play?

7. What warning does Carr give Tzara regarding the Bolsheviks int his section?

8. How do the Zimmerwaldists plan to leave Switzerland?

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

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

The play opens with a tableau of the Zurich Library. It includes three tables, inhabited by five characters. Write an essay analyzing this opening tableau as a diagram for the artistic and political debate which is to follow. Who dominates each table? What are these dominant figures doing at the beginning of the play? What major movements of the First World War era are represented by these tables?

Essay Topic 2

Stoppard's plays often involve large personalities with different world-views clashing regarding some major topic. In Travesties, the topic is revolution and art. Write an essay on three characters and how they represent different views of these subjects:

Part 1) Henry Carr represents the past, a Victorian ideal. How does he relate to the other characters int he play? How does his obsession with clothing and order represent a style that is going out of fashion?

Part 2) James Joyce is perhaps the most of-the-moment in 1917. To what extend has he reconciled his love for the classical with the acknowledgment that the world is shifting? How is Ulysses a physical representation of this?

Part 3) Tristan Tzara wants to throw away everything that has come before, reject the old forms. How is he the most abrasive of characters on the stage? In what ways are all other characters put off by him?

Essay Topic 3

The central story of Travesties is a love story involving two couples, but it is driven in large part by the British desire to keep tabs on Lenin. Write an essay about Carr's mission to prevent Lenin's passage into Russia. How does he initially react to the assignment as related and elucidated by Bennett? Why does it bring him into contact with Cecily? In the end, why does Carr have such difficulty following through with his assignment?

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