Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
The dynamic between Age and Youth is a central conflict in Travesties. Write an essay about this dynamic. The first half of this essay should focus on the framing device of Old Carr. How are his senility and codified prejudices juxtaposed with the dynamism of Zurich in 1917? The second half of the essay should deal with the idea of the older Victorian era culture giving way to the more critical and free-form culture of Tzara and Joyce in 1917. How is this dynamic dramatized throughout the play?
The play opens with a tableau of the Zurich Library. It includes three tables, inhabited by five characters. Write an essay analyzing this opening tableau as a diagram for the artistic and political debate which is to follow. Who dominates each table? What are these dominant figures doing at the beginning of the play? What major movements of the First World War era are represented by these tables?
Travesties is a homage and subversion of Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest. He steals certain characters and scenes outright and transposes them to a different era. Write an essay about the connection between these two plays in three parts:
Part 1) The two love interests in The Importance of Being Earnest are also called Cecily and Gwendolen. They, too, have odd caveats for their love. What conditions do the two women give in this play regarding their hearts and how do they reflect a world in flux?
Part 2) Mistaken identity plays a major role in Wilde's farce like in Stoppard's. Why do characters in Travesties assume false identities? What is the meaning of the switched folders? How do both represent something more political than personal?
Part 3) Earnest is a product of the Victorian Era, an era of certitude and stricture. Travesties transposes this story to the Edwardian era, when certainty died in the trenches. How does Stoppard undermine Wilde's pat farce injecting it with the madness of the First World War?
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