Marat / Sade Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which what is Marat's tub filling in Scene 8?

2. Which of the follow is not something the singers of Scene 5 suggest be done to the ruling class of 1793?

3. How many years has the Marquis de Sade been living at Charenton at the time of the play?

4. How does Sade characterize the process by which Revolutionaries dole out death sentences?

5. In what room of the asylum does the play take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Herald set the scene at the end of Scene 4?

2. What is the nature of Marat's life in 1793?

3. In 1793, what is the common people's attitude toward the new ruling class in France?

4. What is the execution of Damiens and what does it signify to Sade?

5. In Scene 28, how do the Singers tell Marat he could avoid his death?

6. What is the state of Marat's health in Scene 7?

7. Describe the argument Sade and Marat have regarding compassion.

8. How does Duperret's affliction affect his performance in Scene 17?

9. To what extent are Coulmier's fears throughout the play well-founded?

10. How does the cast indicate the beginning of performance in Scene 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the worldview of Duperret and Corday. What do they describe as their ideal nation? How does the Paris of 1793 represent everything that both detest about social engineering? Why do you think this leads Charlotte Corday to take violent action but not Duperret?

Essay Topic 2

Because The Marat/Sade consists of a play within a large play, the role of the audience is more ambiguous in the play than in a more traditional piece. Write an essay about this role, in three parts:

Part 1) Describe the audience that would have attended a Charenton performance in 1808. What is their social status? Why would they be in attendance? What is the purpose of the performance?

Part 2) Consider the subject matter of Sade's play from the point-of-view of the average 1808 audience member. What would their memories of the Revolution be? How would they feel, by and large, about Napoleon's France?

Part 3) Is the modern-day audience, to some extent, a participant in The Marat/Sade? How do the inmates fell of about their 1808 spectators, and how does the modern audience fill in for these spectators?

Essay Topic 3

In the great debate between Sade and Mart, Sade's viewpoint is more complex and ambiguous. As an aristocrat turned Revolutionary turned voice for political apathy, his worldview is strange and inwardly focused. Write an essay on etymology of this viewpoint. Why did Sade join the Revolution, and why was he repelled by it? What does he view as most important in life? What is his attitude toward violence and its place in society?

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