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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 objects are inadvertently interposed int he beginning of the play?

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

3. According to Carr, what was always apparent in Joyce's personality?

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

5. To what symbol of nonviolence does Carr compare Switzerland in his monologue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the real reason for Tzara's visit?

2. How did Tristan Tzara discover the word Dada?

3. What caveat does Gwen give in accepting Tzara's proposal?

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

5. What events have transpired in Russia since the abdication of the czar?

6. Why do the Allies want to keep Lenin in Switzerland?

7. How does Carr incorrectly describe Lenin in this monologue?

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

9. How does Bennett describe Tzara?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Tom Stoppard is a linguist, perhaps the most adventurous linguist of the modern theatre. Language plays a major part in Travesties, though the play is all in English. Write an essay analyzing the major forms the writing takes, focusing on four forms: Witty Farce, Docudrama, Modern Debate, and Limericks. When dos each form occur in the play? What characters or topics are invariably involved with each form? Does one form generally follow another?

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