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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Tzara, artists and intellectuals will be what to the Russian Revolution?
2. What is the word on the first strip of paper that Tzara draws for Gwen's poem?
3. What new information does Cecily reveal about Bennett in this section?
4. What is covering Joyce when he returns to the scene to speak with Tzara?
5. In this section, Tzara tells Gwen that her most perfect attribute is her what?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Tom Stoppard is a linguist, perhaps the most adventurous linguist of the modern theatre. Language plays a major part in Travesties, though the play is all in English. Write an essay analyzing the major forms the writing takes, focusing on four forms: Witty Farce, Docudrama, Modern Debate, and Limericks. When dos each form occur in the play? What characters or topics are invariably involved with each form? Does one form generally follow another?
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
At the beginning of the play, Carr provides a long explanation of the events that are to progress. Throughout the monologue he has difficulty getting his facts straight. As related by Carr, many of the seemingly-absurd assertions later crop up in the play. In three parts, write about the way in which Stoppard brings these absurdities to life. Why do they initially seem impossible? How do they manifest themselves in the action later?
Part 1) Carr's description of Joyce vacillating between gregarious gentleman and horrid miser.
Part 2) Placing a bet on the success of Lenin.
Part 3) Lenin the Scandinavian.
This section contains 376 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)