Travesties Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The women of Travesties serve an interesting purpose in the play. They almost serve as counter-balances to the men that court them, elucidating the underpinnings of their beliefs and the truth of their assertions. Write an essay about the women in the play in three parts:

Part 1) Examine the courtship between Gwen and Tzara. How does she challenge him to defend his Dada poetry in a way no one else does? How does he prove the worth of his art in this sequence?

Part 2) Nadya narrates much of the second act of the play. What new information regarding Lenin's attitude toward art does she provide? How does this create a more vibrant portrait of the revolutionary politician?

Part 3) Throughout the play, Henry Carr's assertions seem more than a little suspect. What new information does Old Cecily provide at the end of the play? Does she seem a more reliable narrator than Carr?

Essay Topic 3

Tristan Tzara's hat is a central symbol of the play. From it is drawn, and its very significance seems to mystify Gwendolen and Henry Carr and James Joyce. Write an essay about the significance of the hat as a symbol. Who handles it besides Tzara and what surprises emerge from it? What role does it play in Tristan's wooing of Gwendolen? What does it represent in the world of the play?

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