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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 sound effect does Stoppard recommend to accompany time slips in the play?

2. Where on his body was Carr wounded in the war?

3. According to Marx's theories, what must the Marxist embrace temporarily in order to eventually have a proletarian state?

4. According to Carr, what is the name of the street in Zurich on which both Lenin's lodging and Meierei bar were located?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Gwendolen and Cecily mishandle their folders in the beginning of the play?

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

3. How do the Zimmerwaldists plan to leave Switzerland?

4. What apologia does Henry Carr make regarding his memory?

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

6. How does Joyce explain his decision to produce The Importance of Being Earnest?

7. How does Gwen react to Tzara's poem?

8. Describe Henry Carr as he enters the play.

9. Describe Lenin's aversion to career artists.

10. What quandary is Carr facing in this section?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Travesties, the personal lives of the characters are constantly being affected by the realities of external political situation. Write an essay about the role of the larger political scene on the events of the play, in three parts:

Part 1) Henry Carr is stationed at the British Consulate in Zurich. How does he arrive there? How does his experience with the war color his attitude toward Zurich? How do his objectives change do to telegrams form London?

Part 2) Tristam Tzara constantly seems at war with convention. How is his work a direct reaction against outside political forces? What are his opinions regarding the war and Russian Bolshevism?

Part 3) Lenin and Nadya's lives are always affected by the events of Russia. What central event in Russia changes their lives in Switzerland, and how do they react to it? To what extent is Lenin never really living in Zurich?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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