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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. According to Carr, what was always apparent in Joyce's personality?
2. What name has Carr been given for Gwen's chaperon?
3. How much money does Bennett say he'd bet on Lenin to succeed in Russia?
4. According to the Bolsheviks, how long should the bourgeois-capitalist democracy last in Russia?
5. According to Marx's theories, what must the Marxist embrace temporarily in order to eventually have a proletarian state?
Short Essay Questions
1. What lie does Carr argue is the artist's great achievement?
2. Why does Tzara distrust beauty and reason?
3. What is the real reason for Tzara's visit?
4. Describe Carr's obsession with clothing.
5. Describe Joyce's falling out with Carr.
6. What parts of Henry Carr's story can be definitively believed by the audience?
7. In what terms does Carr describe Switzerland in this section?
8. What confusion exist between Tzara and Carr regarding the reasoning behind the war?
9. What ridiculous statement does Old Carr make about his connection to Lenin?
10. Describe Lenin's aversion to career artists.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Throughout the play cordial, Wilde-esque conversations give way to bouts of unrestrained antipathy between characters. Write an essay about the breaking of the formal shell in the play, focusing on three such outbursts:
Part 1) What is the breaking point for Henry Carr when discussing art with Tristan Tzara in their first conversation of the play? How is Dada so offensive to him? What does Tzara say about the war that infuriates him?
Part 2) Why does Tzara think that Joyce is patronizing him when they discuss Dada in Act 1? How do they differ in their view of classical archetypes in art and literature?
Part 3) Examine the library scene between Cecily and Carr at the beginning of Act 2. What is Cecily's breaking point in discussing Marxism? What patronizing statement does Carr make that sets her off?
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