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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How much money does Joyce request of Carr after the play for tickets?
2. On what day is the Zurich Library closed?
3. In this section, Lenin proclaims that no freedom can be achieved in a society based on what?
4. As an artist, to what does Joyce tell Carr he attaches no importance?
5. How does Carr describe his trial against Joyce at the end of Act 1?
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
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 3
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?
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