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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

Tristan Tzara is the contrarian of Travesties. He seems to lash out at all set values, just as Dada as a movement lashed out at accepted artistic norms. Focusing on his defamation of beauty, reason, and causality, write an essay about the character of Tzara. Why does he lash out at both Joyce and Carr? How does he connect the violence of the First World War to the art that came before Dada? Why, in the end, is he able to woo Gwendolen?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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