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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 two characters believe Tzara's first name is Jack?

2. According to Carr, what was always apparent in Joyce's personality?

3. What two items are mentioned several times in this section as part of a time slip?

4. What objects are inadvertently interposed int he beginning of the play?

5. To what country's system of government does Bennett compare the anticipate Russian state at the end of his explanation of Marxist?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Cecil and Gwen realize that they are both engaged to Tzara?

3. Describe Henry Carr as he enters the play.

4. What questions does Carr attempt to answer regarding Dada?

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

6. Why is Carr livid over Joyce's request for 25 francs in ticket sales?

7. Describe the scene at the beginning of the play.

8. Describe Joyce's defense of classical literature.

9. Why does Tzara have two names?

10. How is Lenin devastated and frustrated listening to a Beethoven symphony?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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