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?
Write an essay about the character of Bennett. He is far an away the most cultivated and best-informed person in the play, but he is a manservant. Stoppard, in his cast notes, says that he should be "quite a weighty presence" (vii). What is Bennett's function int he script at the beginning of the play? How does Carr's leaving him in charge of the consulate affect Lenin's situation? What new revelations about his character are revealed in the final moments of the play?
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?
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?
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