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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where are Lenin and Nadya when the war breaks out?
2. What new information does Cecily reveal about Bennett in this section?
3. What profession does Lenin's attire suggest when he enters in Act 2?
4. What is the word on the first strip of paper that Tzara draws for Gwen's poem?
5. What name does Henry Carr use to describe his "brother Jack" to Cecily (47)?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
In Travesties, the personal lives of the characters are constantly being affected by the realities of external political situation. Write an essay about the role of the larger political scene on the events of the play, in three parts:
Part 1) Henry Carr is stationed at the British Consulate in Zurich. How does he arrive there? How does his experience with the war color his attitude toward Zurich? How do his objectives change do to telegrams form London?
Part 2) Tristam Tzara constantly seems at war with convention. How is his work a direct reaction against outside political forces? What are his opinions regarding the war and Russian Bolshevism?
Part 3) Lenin and Nadya's lives are always affected by the events of Russia. What central event in Russia changes their lives in Switzerland, and how do they react to it? To what extent is Lenin never really living in Zurich?
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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