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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What two countries are attempting to prevent Lenin's entry to Russia?
2. What type of literature does Lenin denounce in a 1905 speech in this section?
3. When he finally explodes at Joyce, into what does Tzara say the writer has turned literature?
4. In this section, Tzara tells Gwen that her most perfect attribute is her what?
5. According to a speech at the Zurich People's House in 1917, what does Lenin think his role will be in the major battles of the Russian Revolution?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The play opens with a tableau of the Zurich Library. It includes three tables, inhabited by five characters. Write an essay analyzing this opening tableau as a diagram for the artistic and political debate which is to follow. Who dominates each table? What are these dominant figures doing at the beginning of the play? What major movements of the First World War era are represented by these tables?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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