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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. Against what does Carr's historical winner bet sixpence?

2. By his own estimation, what makes Tzara an artist?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe some examples of the aristocratic aloofness Carr displays int his section.

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

3. How does Henry Carr dismiss the writings of Marx in this section?

4. Describe Carr's obsession with clothing.

5. How do the Zimmerwaldists plan to leave Switzerland?

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

7. How does Carr's opinion of Joyce seems to change as he sums up the writer's character in his monologue?

8. How does Carr explain the essential pleasure of Switzerland to Bennett at the beginning of this section?

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

10. Describe Henry Carr as he enters the play.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Lenin is more object than subject in Travesties. He is a commodity desired and detested severally through the play. Write an essay about his character. The first half of this essay should deal primarily with other characters' attitudes toward him. Why is he lionized by some and feared by others? How does his attempt to depart Switzerland force certain characters into awkward positions? The second half should deal with his personality and soul as described by Nadya. How does Lenin view the world, and how does this view lend itself to the embracing of Marxism?

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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