Travesties Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Russian writer's name is Carr unable to pronounce at the end of this section?

2. Whose work does Carr excitedly want produced by James Joyce's theatrical troupe?

3. How much money does Joyce request of Carr after the play for tickets?

4. Why does Cecily dislike Oscar WIlde?

5. What Shakespearean lady has Carr played at Eton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The central story of Travesties is a love story involving two couples, but it is driven in large part by the British desire to keep tabs on Lenin. Write an essay about Carr's mission to prevent Lenin's passage into Russia. How does he initially react to the assignment as related and elucidated by Bennett? Why does it bring him into contact with Cecily? In the end, why does Carr have such difficulty following through with his assignment?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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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