Travesties Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does the British government request of Carr int his section?

3. What precious stone is in Carr's preferred studs?

4. What type of poem does Lenin declaim at the end of the first scene of the play?

5. Whose dropped writings does Joyce pick up in the first scene of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way has Carr's manner of study impeded his learning?

2. How is Lenin surprised by the Russian Revolution?

3. How does Joyce convince Carr to take the role of Algernon?

4. What admonition does Carr make to the audience regarding his memory at the end of the act?

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. Why does Carr bring up Bennett's logbook in this section?

8. What is the real reason for Tzara's visit?

9. What lie does Carr argue is the artist's great achievement?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the Revolution in St. Petersburg heats up and the Zimmerwaldists of Switzerland begin to plan their return to Russia, the characters of the play begin to debate how the scenarios delineated by Marx can be realized in the world. Write an essay charting these debates, focusing on Bennett's explanation of Marxism and Cecily's debate with Carr regarding its legitimacy. How does the Russian Revolution conform to the path dictated by Marx? What short cuts are being taken? What is Lenin's importance in the process, according to the theory?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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