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

2. Citing Karl Marx in this section, Bennett states that there is no way for a country to transition seamlessly from autocracy to what?

3. Where was Carr when he heard about the offset of the First World War?

4. What article of clothing does Carr mention is the focus of the lawsuit between Joyce and him?

5. What character from the play has left his card with Bennett?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Carr livid over Joyce's request for 25 francs in ticket sales?

2. What lie does Carr argue is the artist's great achievement?

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

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

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

6. How is Lenin devastated and frustrated listening to a Beethoven symphony?

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

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

9. Describe the scene at the beginning of the play.

10. How does Joyce convince Carr to take the role of Algernon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the Revolution in St. Petersburg heats up and the Zimmerwaldists of Switzerland begin to plan their return to Russia, the characters of the play begin to debate how the scenarios delineated by Marx can be realized in the world. Write an essay charting these debates, focusing on Bennett's explanation of Marxism and Cecily's debate with Carr regarding its legitimacy. How does the Russian Revolution conform to the path dictated by Marx? What short cuts are being taken? What is Lenin's importance in the process, according to the theory?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Truth and confusion is a central theme of Travesties. The play itself is a story told by an elderly and senile man, and it examines the unlikeliness of ever knowing for certain with the truth of a story is. Write an essay about memory and confusion, focusing on three aspects of the play:

Part 1) This play opens and closes with monologues by Henry Carr, and throughout he interrupts the action to explain it and himself. What apologies and explanations does he make regarding his memory? At what points does he become defiant regarding the truth of his story?

Part 2) Throughout the play, Stoppard has what are called time slips, moments when the action repeats itself and changes slightly. What do these time slips reflect? When do they occur, and how do they change the meaning of much of the action?

Part 3) What, in the end, can the audience believe about Henry Carr's story? What assertions turn out to be completely false? What is Stoppard saying about the human inclination to self-mythologize?

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