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. In Marat's Liturgy, which of the following is not a group that he accuses of lying to the poor?

2. What does Simone tell Corday to do when she sends her away in Scene 9?

3. In Scene 7, what does Corday contend is spurting from Marat's hiding place?

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

5. What apologia does Coulmier make in his Scene 2 speech?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Corday prepare to murder Marat in Scene 10?

2. Why does Coulmier stop the play in Scene 6?

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

4. What is Sade's ultimate attitude toward Marat?

5. What recommendation does Duperret make to Corday in Scene 17?

6. What satirical argument does Sade make about the aristocracy at the end of this section?

7. What is the state of the Revolution in 1793, according to the Singers in Scene 5?

8. What historical events have occurred in France in the four years prior to the events of the play-within-the-play?

9. How does the actress playing Corday nearly ruin the play in Scene 9?

10. Describe the events related in Scene 31.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The point-of-view of the play-within-the-play in The Marat/Sade is transitory in nature. Write an essay about the various points-of-view, focusing on the following three points:

Part 1) Most of the cast of Sade's play represent the poor of France, led in their songs by the four Singers. To what extent is the play told from the point-of-view of the common rabble? What is their position on the events of the play?

Part 2) How does the cadence and tone of the play-within-the-play change as Marat's mental state and health deteriorate? How is the play a chronicle of his final hours, his doubts, and his anger at the Establishment?

Part 3) To what extent is the play exclusively Sade's perspective on Marat's life and work? What is his position on the radical revolutionary, and how does he present this view in the play?

Essay Topic 2

In The Marat/Sade, Peter Weiss creates a compelling dynamic for his cast: many of his cast members are mentally disturbed, and their psychological infirmities affect their roles in the play-within-the-play. Write an essay on this dynamic in three parts:

Part 1) What is the infirmity of the actor playing Marat? How does this infirmity make him particularly appropriate for the role? How does this infirmity limit his movement on the stage?

Part 2) What is Charlotte Corday's ailment? How does this affect her ability to play her role in the play-within-the-play? How do the other characters onstage interact with her?

Part 3) What is Duperret's mental infirmity? How does this affect his interaction with Corday? How does the Herald deal with him in his scene's with Corday?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the central argument between Sade and Marat. How do they different in regard to the right of private property? The violent overthrow of the aristocracy? The role of the middle class? Does the fact that Sade has written the role of Marat give him an unfair advantage in their dialectical debates?

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